Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Maighréad McCrann – violin
Orchestra: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Cornelius Meister
Number of Discs: 1 CD
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Cornelius Meister, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra /
R. Strauss – Ein Heldenleben, Metamorphosen (2014)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 43:31
01. Der Held (The Hero) 4:04
02. Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero’s Enemies) 3:26
03. Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero’s Companion) 12:16
04. Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero’s Field of Battle) 7:17
05. Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero’s Works of Peace) 5:52
06. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero’s Withdrawal from the World) 10:36
07. Metamorphosen 26:27
Recorded: 17-20 February 2014
Recording Venue: Grosser Sendessaal, ORF Funkhaus, Vienna, Austria
Ein Heldenleben op. 40 was written in 1898, so to speak at the end of a decade, in which Strauss with orchestral works such as Don Juan, Macbeth, Tod und Verklärung, Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche, Also sprach Zarathustra and Don Quixote had highly intensively and successfully set to music extra-musical stories with purely instrumental means. In the popular genre of programme music, he could justifiably count on a positive response on the part of his public.
The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of his chief conductor Cornelius Meister did a lot of performances of Richard Strauss works during the Jubilee year 2014. The Highlight of this concert series at the Vienna Konzerthaus was the “Heldenleben” performance, enthusiastic acclaimed by press and audience.
Cornelius Meister was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) in 2010. Having been appointed by the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, as Principle Guest Conductor starting this season, he will also begin his tenure as General Music Director at the Stuttgart State Opera and Stuttgart State Orchestra, effective 2018. In 2016, he received an International Opera Award for the best production of the season with the Vienna production of Peter Grimes.
During the 2017/18 season, he appears at the Salzburg Festival, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Philharmonie Cologne, in Vienna, Tokyo and Shanghai. As an opera conductor he conducts at the Glyndebourne Festival (Ariadne auf Naxos), at the Vienna State Opera (Die Fledermaus) and in Antwerp (Parsifal). In 2018/19 he will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
Cornelius Meister conducts a wide range of concert and operatic repertoire, including standard works (operas by Mozart, Wagner, Puccini and Strauss as well as the complete Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Sibelius symphonies), rarely performed works (such as the complete Martinů symphonies), collaborations with period orchestras (Die Zauberflöte at the Zurich Opera) and numerous world premieres.
In addition to subscription concerts at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Cornelius Meister conducts the RSO on tours to Asia and throughout Europe. All concerts are broadcast on radio and Internet, and some are shown on television. He has made many CD recordings of works ranging from Haydn to world premieres.
He has conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as well as the BR, NDR and SWR radio symphony orchestras.
Cornelius Meister made his debut at the Hamburg State Opera at the age of 21. Engagements followed at the Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien (Vienna), New National Theatre (Tokyo), San Francisco Opera and The Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen). Since 2012, he has conducted at the Vienna State Opera (Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss), since 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London (Mozart and Puccini); and since 2015, at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala (world premiere of an opera by Giorgio Battistelli for the Milan Expo).
Cornelius Meister studied piano and conducting in Hanover with Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Ōue and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. General Music Director in Heidelberg from 2005 to 2012, Cornelius Meister received an award for the “best German concert programme” in 2007 and has since received several awards for his educational projects. He has appeared as a pianist in Europe and the United States and conducted from the keyboard piano concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Grieg, Gershwin and Mendelssohn.
The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
is a top orchestra of world renown; it defines itself in the Vienna orchestral tradition. Cornelius Meister took over as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in September 2010. Marin Alsop has been appointed as new Chief Conductor from the 1st of September 2019. The Vienna RSO is known for its exceptional, bold programming. By combining nineteenth-century repertoire with contemporary pieces and rarely performed works of other periods, the programming often places Romantic era classics in unexpected contexts.
All Vienna RSO performances are broadcast on the radio, particularly on the Österreich 1 station, but also internationally. Moreover, it has been possible to hear each and every RSO concert across the globe on the internet for one week after the initial broadcast. Through its growing presence on European television, as well as its collaboration with the FM4 young people’s station, the Vienna RSO is constantly reaching out to new music lovers. Approximately 700 fans support the »Friends of the RSO« association.
The Vienna RSO regularly performs in two subscription series in Vienna, in the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. In addition, it appears every year at major Austrian and international festivals. The orchestra has close ties to the Salzburg Festival, musikprotokoll im steierischen herbst and Wien Modern. Tours to Japan and China are a regular part of the Vienna RSO schedule as well. The orchestra has also recently played concerts in Thailand and Taiwan as well as the USA, South America and Germany at the Berlin, Cologne and Essen Philharmonic Halls among others. Since 2007, the Vienna RSO has successfully collaborated with the Theater an der Wien, thereby gaining an excellent reputation as an opera orchestra. Yet the Vienna RSO is also entirely at home in the film music genre. Every year, the orchestra is conducted by composers who have won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures at the »Hollywood in Vienna« Gala. In 2012, the Vienna RSO recorded the soundtrack to the film »Die Vermessung der Welt« (Measuring the World) and in 2016 it was actively involved in two features films: »Kater« (Tomcat) by Händl Klaus, winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and »Die Geträumten« by Ruth Beckermann.
Alain Altinoglu, Leonard Bernstein, Ernest Bour, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Gielen, Jakub Hrůša, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Hans Swarowsky, Jeffrey Tate, and Simone Young are among the guests who have stood on the podium of the Vienna RSO. Composers Luciano Berio, Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, Hans Werner Henze, Ernst Krenek, Bruno Madera and Krzysztof Penderecki have all conducted the orchestra. Internationally renowned soloists who make regular appearances with the Vienna RSO include Khatia Buniatishvili, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Martin Grubinger, Hilary Hahn, Patricia Kopachinskaya, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, Sabine Meyer, Gabriela Montero, Anna Netrebko, Heinrich Schiff and Christian Tetzlaff.
The broad scope of the Vienna RSO’s recording activities includes works in every genre, among them many first recordings that represent modern Austrian classicists and contemporary Austrian composers. This is how the »Neue Musik aus Österreich« series of CD recordings came about. Orchestral works by Friedrich Cerha, the recording of all nine symphonies by Egon Wellesz, orchestra music by Josef Matthias Hauer, and first recordings of music by Erich Zeisl are all part of this series. Among the most recent releases were Antonín Dvořák (»The Spectre’s Bride«), Gustav Mahler (»Das Klagende Lied«), Alexander Zemlinsky (»Eine florentinische Tragödie«) or Giacomo Puccini (»Il Tabarro«). In 2012 and 2016 two CD sets »my RSO I« and »my RSO II« with twenty-four and twelve CDs were released. In 2018 the Vienna RSO won the renowned ICMA in the category »Symphonic Music« for its 3-CD-set »Martinů: The Symphonies«.
The Vienna RSO has also launched a broad-based educational programme, comprising workshops for children and young people, as well as the »Mitten in my RSO«, »my RSO Musiklabor«, and »Klassische Verführung« concert series. Highly talented musicians have been admitted to the orchestra’s own academy since 1997. The Vienna RSO plays regularly for the final concerts of the conducting classes at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2013 the educational project »My RSO – Greatest Hits for Contemporary Orchestra« was awarded the Bank Austria Kunstpreis.
The Vienna RSO grew out of Austrian radio’s main orchestra in 1969. Under the leadership of its chief conductors, Milan Horvat, Leif Segerstam, Lothar Zagrosek, Pinchas Steinberg, Dennis Russell Davies, Bertrand de Billy and Cornelius Meister, the orchestra has continuously expanded its repertoire, gaining growing international renown.