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There are more vehement and bloody accounts of 'The Hero's Deeds in Battle', but the forces do very much rise to the occasion in the glorious autumnal glow of the work's concluding paragraphs, and the ending is movingly lovely [listen -- track 6, 10:04-11:32]. This is a performance I was glad to hear, even though it does not displace my favourite accounts.

Metamorphosen is another matter. It is a notoriously difficult piece to bring off, but here, Bychkov and the Cologne strings are quite inspired [listen -- track 7, 25:23-26:55]. The often elusive structure is always held together, and the players, evidently totally absorbed in their music-making, somehow manage to achieve just the right combination of discipline and spontaneity. Nothing stands in the way of Strauss's deeply-felt evocation of the sorrow of regret, whether of his own mortality, the inglorious post-war world, or whatever other cryptic message he seeks to convey. This is a fine achievement by all concerned.

Copyright © 21 October 2003 David Thompson, Eastwood, Essex, UK

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Strauss - Semyon Bychkov

AV 0017 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 74'44" 2003 Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

Kyoko Shikata, violin; WDR Sinfonie-Orchester Köln; Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben Op 40; Metamorphosen

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