Thomas Søndergård & RSNO - Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite - Hi-Fi News
This third very recent Heldenleben (properly allowed six tracks unlike last month's Petrenko CD) comes with the delicious 1944 Rodziński adapted Rosenkavalier Suite. Those opening horn whoops, incidentally, represented an orgasm - or so EMI's Walter Legge told the great player Dennis Brain! Søndergård's interpretation sounds utterly idiomatic, while the main work (my July Classical Companion) is compelling characterised, nothing missed, boldly recorded too. The Hero's 'fulfilment' seems not quite attained in Søndergård's finale, I thought - a contrast with the otherworldly Petrenko realisation.