The principle conductor of the Nürnberg Philharmonic (our house orchestra – he’s also the General Music Director of the opera) Prof. Christof Prick is, amongst other composers, a Strauss expert, and last night we were fortunate to see him lead the orchestra in Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben (a recording, not of this performance, to freely download is available here, though I haven’t listened to it, so cannot vouch for the quality). This is the third Strauss piece with Maestro Prick in recent months; at the end of last season they performed the wonderful and massive Ein Alpensinfonie, and then I was involved in the production of Ariadne auf Naxos. It’s been a real pleasure to get to know the works of R. Strauss with someone with so much experience in the repertoire – both orchestral pieces were conducted from memory, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t look down during Ariadne! One of my resolutions has been to get more exposure in orchestral repertoire, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, which brings some Beethoven and Mahler. I’ve also decided to watch the entire Mahler symphonies online via Medici.tv.