“The Pittsburgh Symphony is one of America’s more Germanic orchestras and is well suited to Strauss. The brass are terrific, and the strings play with a powerful Teutonic sound. Reference Recordings is known as an audiophile label, and it earns that distinction here, particularly in Elektra, whose extreme demands it meets especially well.
Even opera purists should enjoy this program. Honeck’s booklet notes include detailed time indiciations of what is going on in the operas as the music proceeds, as well as summaries of the opera plots. There are many recordings of the Rosenkavalier Suite…If you are a Straussian, you probably have one. No matter. The reason to get this newcomer is the Elektra Suite. I would not be without it.” —Roger Hecht, American Record Guide