Great Conductor's series, Mengelberg
Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben and Tod und Verkarung
Naxos Historical, www.naxos.com
These were originally recorded in 1941 and 1942 and this CD was taken from shellac 78s. It sounds as if the tones have been treated with respect without any violent tweaking of the frequencies - the violins are sweet without being raucous which is what you'd expect. I'm going to be interested to listen to it on a really expensive system to see what that reveals - I'll put a note in later about that.
The music is two tone poems by Richard Strauss. They are both striking works and encapsulate academic late romanticism for anyone who is new to that area - lush, and with such a sure touch in orchestration that one cannot help but admire the works even if your listening preferences usually lie elsewhere.
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