I see that I have inadvertently failed to post here. I shall remedy that. Sometime!
Live each day like it's your last, because one day you'll be right
Ein Heldenleben. It would be a tough choice as to which recording, since I like Haitink/Concertgebouw, Mehta/Los Angeles Philharmonic, Szell/Cleveland Orchestra, Beecham/Royal Philharmonic and Reiner/Chicago Symphony. In a near photo finish, I think it would be Reiner/Chicago.
For me it would certainly be the Vier letzte Lieder
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra. I know it's "slight;" but it seems so good-natured and unpretentious. I especially like the Janis/Reiner/Chicago recording.
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Four last song ! ( Lucia Popp)
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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Also sprach Zarathustra (although the Alpine Symphony sounds too tempting)
I remember the first time I heard Heldenleben, sometime around 1959-60 when I was in high school. I had been listening over Coral Gables radio station WVCG, which was the one to go to for classical music in South Florida. I'm pretty sure it was a live concert performance brought in through New York. Though I'm not certain of the conductor, Karl Bohm's name seems to stick in my mind. At that time, I was only just beginning to develop a serious interest in classical music. The first time I ever spun Heldenleben on a vinyl lp was at the FSU music library several years later...and, wouldn't you know, it was the Ormandy/Philadelphia recording. Years later, I came to own that recording, as I did other Heldenlebens, however it was given up as I pared down my collection. The five mentioned above remain along with Kempe, Leinsdorf and Karajan's first stereo version from 1959....Enough! No more Heldenlebens!
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