ClassicalNet Raves over new Pittsburgh Symphony Strauss CD

“Let's be very clear here; this is what Strauss should sound like.” —Brian Wigman, ClassicalNet has a pre-release review of our first Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recording, Strauss, and it's quite the rave!

“Now that the Pittsburgh Symphony has signed on with this pioneering label, let us hope they get some more exposure … because they are clearly one of the very best orchestras in the world right now.…

“…with absolutely radiant brass playing and winds that ooze character. The recorded sound flatters all sections, and allows for the maximum amount of color to come rushing out of your speakers. It's not all virtuoso bombast, either. Don Juan isn't played for sheer speed as much as it looks to tell a story. … You can actually hear everything, in all it's masterfully scored, perfectly executed glory.

“The horns, which have made this orchestra so renowned in Mahler and Brahms, make the last few minutes of the piece (Death and Transfiguration) go from exceptional to unforgettable…

“Finally, a Eulenspiegel that actually sounds as merry as the title suggests ends the disc on a delightful high. Again, the brass play their hearts out, but the other sections are just as well captured and virtuosic. The winds dance, the strings sing, and not for a moment are you bored. Again, Honeck has a really strong sense of what he wants to do; he let's his orchestra do the talking and stays out of the way. … Superlative, and a great start to an exciting new partnership.” — Brian Wigman,

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