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Richard Strauss: Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier
By Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. By Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Classical. Hybrid super audio CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.FR-722SACD).
Item Number: NX.FR-722SACD
This new recording presents orchestral suites based on two of the most significant operas in history. Der Rosenkavalier found its place in the concert hall from the beginning, first with two waltz sequences and later with the famos 1944 suite. But Elektra remained purely on the opera stage until now. Conductor Manfred Honeck has made his own symphonic adaptation, in collaboration with the Czech composer Tomas Ille. This release is the sixth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series. Each has received dozens of critical accolades. Two of the previous releases have received Grammy nominations for Best Orchestral Performance. With a legacy of more than 120 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is known for its artistic excellence, a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included many of the greats, including Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel, and Mariss Jansons. This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works. They also have an illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts dating back to the 1930s. And, with a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900- including more than 37 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America- the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.