Thomas Søndergård & RSNO - Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite - The Scotsman
There’s warmth, menace and crystalline precision in this new recording of Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben that beautifully captures the tone poem’s affection and sardonic mockery in equal measure. It’s a reinforcement of the dynamic partnership emerging in live performance between the RSNO and its new music director Thomas Søndergård.
Notice at once the evenness and fullness of orchestral tone, out of which delicious streams of solos emerge with ease and agility. Søndergård gives the narrative natural space to unfold, from the frenetic delicacies of Strauss’ domesticity, or the heat of the battlefield, to the serenity and final triumph of the hero’s retreat. The wild flamboyance of the Der Rosenkavalier Suite is like a sugar-filled pudding to the meaty sumptuousness of the main course.