Reference Recordings presents two iconic works in definitive interpretations from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1. In his fascinating and scholarly notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history of both pieces, and describes how he conducts and interprets each. He reminds us that the “Eroica” was a bold departure from earlier symphonies, a “dance symphony with dramatic inventiveness, full of new elements that had never been heard before.” William Caballero, principal horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and soloist in the Horn Concerto No. 1, provides a thrilling and masterful performance of this youthful Strauss work.