LPO–0079
© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (Track 1)/BBC (Tracks 2–7)
Don Juan recorded live by the LPO at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 3 December 1992. Ein Heldenleben recorded live by the BBC at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 29 August 1986.
Remastering engineer: Deborah Spanton,K&A Productions
Publishers: Edition Peters (Don Juan); F.E.C. Leuckart (Ein Heldenleben)
Total playing time 65:23
The London Philharmonic Orchestra wishes to thank Laurie Watt for facilitating the release of this recording.
ADD Stereo (Track 1); AAD Stereo (Tracks 2–7)
Released September 2014

CD: Haitink conducts Strauss

LPO conducted by Bernard Haitink

Strauss Don Juan
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Bernard Haitink conductor

Richard Strauss was only 25 years old when his tone-poem Don Juan was premiered in 1889, and it was this vivid depiction of a young man’s ardour and relentless pursuit that launched the composer’s reputation as master of the genre. Composed ten years later, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) recounts another life of conquest and passion, this time based on that of the composer himself. Both works exhibit the glorious orchestral colours and exhilarating energy that were to become the composer’s most admired hallmarks.
This recording is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Busch, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Horn from 1973–2006.

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Reviews

‘In both works the LPO is on very fine form indeed … Admirers of this greatly distinguished conductor should not hesitate.’
John Quinn, Music Web International, 28 August 2014

‘Haitink was renowned for his affinity to the composer and these live recordings are prime examples of his unobtrusive podium manner. Don Juan has a lively spontaneity while Ein Heldenleben has translucent quality. Highly recommended.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo, 12 September 2014

‘Haitink’s style is for the most part magisterial in both works, pushing the phrases only when they really need it, sealing and affirming a spate of climaxes.’
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, November 2014

‘The orchestra sounds wonderful here [Don Juan], and the performance sweeps one along’
Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, November 2014

Ein Heldenleben receives a typical Haitink reading: measured and balanced so that no orchestral detail is lost. David Nolan’s solos are well executed and the overall effect is profoundly satisfying.’
Hi-Fi News, 2 November 2014

‘Both performances show Haitink on fiery, unbuttoned form. The Don Juan, meanwhile, gives any account in the catalogue a run for its money in terms of sheer élan, and bristles with energy. The LPO’s playing is full of the sense of a live performance.’
Hugo Shirley, Gramophone, December 2014

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