Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" - Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (2018)

Strauss, Beethoven

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Reference Recordings proudly presents these two iconic works in definitive interpretations from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in superb audiophile sound. This DSD release was recorded in beautiful and historic Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

In his fascinating and scholarly music notes, Maestro Honeck gives us insight into the history of both pieces, and describes how he conducts and interprets each. He reminds us that the "Eroica" was a bold departure from earlier symphonies, a "dance symphony with dramatic inventiveness, full of new elements that had never been heard before." He quotes Beethoven's student Ferdinand Ries, who wrote "Beethoven played recently for me (the "Eroica") and I believe both heaven and earth must tremble when it is performed." Honeck puts his own inimitable stamp on this interpretation, giving the listener a chance to experience the novelties of the "Eroica" as if hearing it for the very first time.

William Caballero, Principal Horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and soloist on Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, provides a thrilling and masterful performance of this youthful Strauss work. Before joining PSO in 1989, he held Principal Horn positions with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Hartford Symphony. He has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. The booklet notes include his very interesting thoughts on the history and performance of the Concerto, in a question/answer format joined with Maestro Honeck.

This release is the eighth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of multi-channel DSD releases on the FRESH! series from Reference Recordings.

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Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009 season. After two extensions his contract will run until the end of the 2019-2020 season. His successful work in Pittsburgh is captured on CD by the Japanese label Exton. So far, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim. The recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 has won an ICMA 2012 Award. Manfred Honeck and his orchestra present themselves regularly to the European audience. Since 2010, annual tour performances have led them to numerous European music capitals and major music festivals, amongst them Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikfest Berlin, Grafenegg Festival, Lucerne Festival and the BBC Proms. The 2012 tour focused on a week-long residency at the Vienna Musikverein. In August and September 2013, concerts took place in Grafenegg, Berlin, Bucharest, Paris, Du?sseldorf, Frankfurt, Lucerne and Bonn. From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he conducted premieres including Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Verdi’s Aida, Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Wagner’s Lohengrin and Parsifal as well as numerous symphonic concerts. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" - Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (2018)

Strauss, Beethoven

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Digital Converters: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Mastering Room: Soundmirror, Boston
Producer: Dirk Sobotka
Recording Engineer: John Newton (Strauss Horn Concerto No. 7) and Mark Donahue (Beethoven Symphony No. 3)
Recording location: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256

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"Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 ""Eroica"" - Allegro con brio"
Beethoven
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"Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 ""Eroica"" - Marcia funebre"
Beethoven
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"Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 ""Eroica"" - Scherzo"
Beethoven
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"Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 ""Eroica"" - Finale"
Beethoven
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Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 - Allegro
Strauss
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Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 - Andante
Strauss
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Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 - Allegro
Strauss
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