Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Thomas Beecham; Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180 gram vinyl

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Thomas Beecham; Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180 gram vinyl

We'll give Supercuts the best Heldenleben sound award but also laziest, poorly designed cover. How long did it take to cobble that together? A last minute afterthought, surely? Each original EMI cover is much better and reissues from Biddulph and Testament. 

Enough of that nonsense, let's get to the glories of this reissue, the performance and sound.  

I'm ashamed to say I did not know this recording. I've played the piece so many times, the middle 'war' section, which goes on far too long, put me off buying many recordings. 

I've known the work since I was a baby. My father, a Strauss expert, had a recording with what I felt was a very scary cover with a scary man on it. Turns out it was von Karajan, who, it turns out became my own Strauss hero. 

Richard Wagner -- Great Recordings

Richard Wagner -- Great Recordings

I first came across this 40 CD box set last year and after dipping my toe into it for a while I finally decided to give it a proper hearing over the last few weeks.

Large box sets can be a blessing or a curse depending on how much of the material you have already got in your collection but this box offers delights across the years from Kirsten Flagstad to Deborah Voigt and more besides.

The complete operas include Levine with James Morris singing Flying Dutchman, Leinsdorf conducting Lohengrin together with Keilberth's 1963 Mastersinger with Hotter and a young Claire Watson singing Eva and Otto Wiener singing Sachs.