Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Burleske – Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

May 14, 2021, 9:00 am

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Antonio Pappano conducts Rome’s Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra in two works from the earlier phase of Richard Strauss’s career: the mercurial, virtuosic Burleske for piano and orchestra, with Bertrand Chamayou as soloist, and the epic, autobiographical tone poem Ein Heldenleben, one of the composer’s orchestral masterpieces. “Strauss always thought dramaturgically,” says Pappano. “Recording this music in Italy, the link has to be through opera, with all its theatricality, temperament, contrast, and color …You need a certain charisma in the sound, which these players achieve.”