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Pittsburgh Symphony recording earns rave reviews

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Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The new CD of Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing tone poems by Richard Strauss on the Reference Recordings label, being released Nov. 12, has received its first rave review.

“Let's be very clear; this is what Strauss should sound like,” writes Brian Wigman on Classical Net (, who goes on to say that the Pittsburgh Symphony is “clearly one of the very best orchestras in the world right now.”

Comparing the new recording to one by Gustavo Dudamel and the Berlin Philharmonic, Wigman writes, “As it stands now, the superior ensemble is to be found in Pittsburgh, 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. ... Unlike Dudamel, Honeck infuses the music with a real sense of purpose throughout.”

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