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Kempe Conducts Richard Strauss Vol. 3 [Box set]

Rudolf Kempe Audio CD

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Listen  1. Metamorphosen - Study for 23 solo strings (1992 - Remaster)Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe25:18Album Only
Listen  2. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Nacht -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Sonnenaufgang -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Der Anstieg -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Der Eintritt in der Wald -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Wanderung neben dem Bache -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Am Wasserfall -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe0:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Erscheinung -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Auf blumige Wiesen -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe0:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Auf Der Alm (Eine Alpensinfonie Op64)Rudolf Kempe 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Auf Dem Gletscher (Eine Alpensinfonie Op64)Rudolf Kempe 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gefahrvolle (Eine Alpensinfonie Op64)Rudolf Kempe 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Auf der Alm -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Vision -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Nebel steigen auf -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe0:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Elegie -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Stille vor dem Sturm -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Gewitter und Sturm -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Sonnenuntergang (Eine Alpensinfonie Op64)Rudolf Kempe 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64 (1992 - Remaster): Ausklang -Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe 6:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Nacht (Eine Alpensinfonie Op64)Rudolf Kempe 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Aus Italien, Op.16 - Symphonic Fantasy (1992 - Remaster): I. Auf der Campagna (Andante)Rudolf Kempe 9:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aus Italien, Op.16 - Symphonic Fantasy (1992 - Remaster): II. In Romas Ruinen (Allegro molto con brio)Rudolf Kempe12:35Album Only
Listen  3. Aus Italien, Op.16 - Symphonic Fantasy (1992 - Remaster): III. Am Strande von Sorrent (Andantino)Rudolf Kempe12:12Album Only
Listen  4. Aus Italien, Op.16 - Symphonic Fantasy (1992 - Remaster): IV. Neapolitanisches Volksleben - Finale (Allegro molto)Rudolf Kempe 9:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Macbeth - Symphonic Poem, Op.23 (1988 - Remaster)Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe19:36Album Only


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Don Quixote - Fantastic variations, Op.35 (1987 - Remaster): Introduction : Mäßiges Zeitmaß (Don Quixote sinks into madness)Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe/Giusto Cappone 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don Quixote - Fantastic variations, Op.35 (1987 - Remaster): Mäßig (Don Quixote)Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe/Giusto Cappone0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Don Quixote - Fantastic variations, Op.35 (1987 - Remaster): Maggiore (Sancho Panza)Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe/Giusto Cappone 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Var 1 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Var 2 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Var 3 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Var 4 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Var 5 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Var 6 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Var 7 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Var 8 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Var 9 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 1:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Var 10 (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Finale (Don Quixote Sym Poem Op35)Rudolf Kempe 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Einzug (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Courante (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Carillon (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sarabande (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Gavotte (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Wirbeltanz (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Allemande (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Marsch (Dance Suite Clavecin/F.Couperin)Rudolf Kempe 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Performance 5-Stars; Sonics 4.5-Stars. Overall it's superb! 4 April 2014
By Joseph Kline PhD, MD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This set of three discs from EMI features the conductor Rudolf Kemp conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in performances of Strauss works including Metamorphosen, Eine Alpensinfonie, Aus Italien, Macbeth, Don Quixote, and Dance Suite from pieces by Francois Couperin. The recordings originated from 1971-1974 and were digitally remastered between 1987-1992.

In general, the interpretations are superb. Kempe was a noted Strauss interpreter and it is easy to see why. He had a clear vision of each piece with an ability to pull out usually glossed over details without losing the overarching thrust of the work. Tempi are slightly quicker than average - fast enough that you don't get lost and slow enough to allow time to savor the landscape painted by Strauss. Instruments sound very natural, and the orchestra boasts exceptional brass and strings. Sound varies somewhat by work, but is usually excellent to superb. Tympani is sonically recessed a bit. In Eine Alpensinfonie, cow bells and other indigenous sounds are an unusual treat and add to the realism of the performance. At times you wish for greater forces in tutti sections, but this is likely a recording deficit.

Metamorphosen is a somber work for string orchestra that Strauss composed as an elegy for Munich and Dresden, cities that were bombed to virtual oblivion by the Allies at the conclusion of World War II. The anguish and lament is easily heard in the sorrowful themes and harmonies so beautifully played by the Dresden orchestra. The perspective is quite close. It is impossible not to be moved by the work, and if you have a heart, you will have also a tear as you listen.

The Strauss Alpine Symphony is superb: exciting, moving, but not quite as weighty as the Karajan/BPO which for me represents the Gold Standard for this work. Alpine Symphony describes a hike in the mountains that Strauss viewed daily while growing up in Bavaria. Kempe shapes the performance so that the listener is translocated to the mountains.

Disc two features two of Strauss's less familiar works, Aus Italien and Macbeth. They are both attractive pieces with the latter the more interesting. Disc 3 includes Don Quixote and Dance Suite from harpsichord pieces by Francois Couperin. As with the other works in this set, both are given excellent performance and sound.

For me, Disc 1 with Metamorphosen and An Alpine Symphony is the only one I will be listening to again and again. The performance and sound place both in the top echelon of recordings. Highest recommendation on par with Karajan who has superior sonics.
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