180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Sir Thomas Beecham as a conductor was largely self-taught. Born into a rich industrial family, he was able to access funds to nurture his musical talent and later found and sustain orchestras, like the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, featured here in this famous recording of Strauss's last and largest tone poem. His flamboyant style and acerbic wit often created enemies amongst his peers (Boult found him 'repulsive' and Barbirolli mistrusted him) and admirers amongst contemporary composers, such as Strauss, Stravinsky and Sibelius, who sent telegrams for Beecham's 70th birthday celebrations only for Beecham to quip "Nothing from Mozart?".
Recorded on April 17 & 22, 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London. Produced by the legendary Victor Olof and Peter Andry and Engineered by Robert Gooch. As Olof writes on the sleeve: "This recording... is virtually the last major orchestral work that Sir Thomas Beecham taped... I do not remember his making fun at all during these sessions, as he was apt to do on most occasions. Maybe he considered this as his lasting memorial to an old friend, little realizing that it would also be his own memorial..."
In the original 1961 review Edward Greenfield of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
"No more fitting tribute to Beecham's memory could be imagined than this... Beecham finds greater richness, a more truly forceful heroism than any other conductor I know... on almost every page Beecham finds special felicities - the sensuousness of the harp glissandi in the love music that never deteriorates into sentimentality, the climax at figure 37 when the horns burst out and Beecham so much more effectively than anyone else lets them be heard through the complex web of the scoring..."
Recorded on 17 & 22 April 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional advance playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
Superior Audiophile Pressing
Features original album artwork
Made in England
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
Steven Staryk, solo violin
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Ein Heldenleben "A Hero's Life"
1. The Hero
2. His Adversaries
3. His Companion
4. His prowess in battle
5. His peaceful labours
6. His retirement and life's fulfilment