Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner
RCA 09026614942
Coupled with Also Sprach Zarathustra (which Reiner remade in 1962), very early stereo.

BPO/Herbert von Karajan
DG 479 7219 (180g vinyl; includes MP3 voucher)
His first recording (1959) now remastered at EBS and reinstated on vinyl. The Speakers Corner LP is no longer in print.

LPO/Bernard Haitink
The earlier Concertgebouw studio recording is in the 20CD 'Philips Years' set. This one has the advantage of live performance, coming from the Royal Albert Hall in 1986.

LSO/Sir John Barbirolli
Warner Classics 3652852 (download only)
The 2CD set had Mahler's Symphony No 6 with the New Philharmonia as coupling.

RPO/Sir Thomas Beecham
Warner Classics 9029577508
Beecham's Apr '58 Kingsway Hall recording, Steven Staryk as lead violinist, now comes with 78rpm transfers of Don Quixote and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

San Francisco SO/Herbert Blomstedt
Decca 436 5962 (download only)
One of the best (modern) versions with an American orchestra I wrote in HFN Mar '18. Metamorphosen is the fine coupling.