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R. Strauss: Orchestral Works Box set


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  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: PLG UK Classics
  • ASIN: B00FJZQRR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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WEA 5099943178025; WEA ITALIANA - Italia; Classica Orchestrale

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2014
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The title of this set is misleading, as it does not represent anything like the complete orchestral works of Strauss, the complete recordings of Strauss by Kempe, or even his complete Strauss recordings released on EMI-there is at least a BPO Don Quixote also with Tortelier from 1958 on an earlier EMI mixed box set!

Nit picking aside then, what we have is a 2013 24Bit re-mastering of the much admired Kempe recordings from the early 1970s recorded by VEB of the then DDR and released by EMI who financed the project and retained copyright to the recordings.
The earlier digital masterings had been licensed to Brilliant Classics, who included them in a massive Strauss Box set at a real bargain price, but EMI/ Warner have produced these new masterings and released an equally bargain priced 9 disc set.

When I prepare to listen to a newly mastered Strauss recording by Karajan, Reiner or Maazel it is with air of excitement at the grandeur, drama and intensity of the performance to come.
With Kempe recordings it is with an anticipatory smile, for he was by all accounts the most amiable of artists and that comes across in his performances of Strauss.

The recordings included were rapturously received on their release and have continued to enjoy iconic status, not least because the silken playing of the glorious Dresden Staatskapelle.
The recordings were and are excellent, but I note some extra brightness at the top end which just avoids becoming glare in the new versions. However this is offset by greater detail exposed and they are a definite improvement.
There are caveats-the horn tone of this East German orchestra had become very "blousy" in the Slavic manner, and this is sometimes cruelly highlighted, but overall the playing is lithe and silky.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Francis on 20 Dec. 2013
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Rudolf Kempe was one of those great unsung conductors who seemed to have a special relationship to orchestras wherever he conducted. Never a superstar, his supreme musicianship said it all! His sad death at the age of 65 was a great loss. Many of us remember EMI's decision to record the complete orchestral works of Richard Strauss in the early 1970's and we all dutifully collected the four boxes of LPs and were suitably amazed by the extraordinary bonding of Kempe and the Dresden Staatskapelle with its famous association with the composer himself. Strauss was never a satisfactory composer to have on LP as all too often the music necessitated a side change in the middle which virtually ruined Ein Heldenleben and An Alpine Symphony amongst several pieces. Once these famous recordings were transferred to CD the problem resolved itself. In virtually every performance, Kempe proves himself a master who brings to life Strauss's wonderful flamboyant scores. they are such natural performances without an ounce of egotistic distortion. I have yet to listen to all 9 CDs but have managed the Waltz sequence from Rosenkavalier and music from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and loved every minute of them as clearly the orchestra and conductor were totally enjoying themselves - there is real communication here! I remember the previous remastering of these recordings for EMI and thought they were a little dehydrated. This new production by Warner Classics is dated 2013 and claims to be newly mastered from the original tapes. If so, I would deem the remastering a success - great stereo spread, the reverberation of the LukasKirche remains and the whole set is very well balanced.Read more ›
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2013
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Kempe was born in Dresden 1910 and died in Zurich 1976.(Reviews of the CD's further on.)According to Lebrecht,"Beecham who was ungenerous to colleagues, rated Kempe very highly." When you listen to Kempe conducting these orchestra works with the Staats Kapelle Dresden,you can hear he understands how to treat Strauss's sublime melodies which is the mark of a true Straussian.Fritz Reiner who knew Strauss well,was also an excellent conductor of Richards work.But as an old man,Strauss conducted his work with minimal movement of his hands to produce fast tempo's.

The box set is small and the lid opens up and you can place CDs in them,while waiting to play them.A picture of a young Strauss is on the front of the box with light blue on the fringes of the box set.On the back are CD numbers and pieces to be played.The sleeve is exactly like the front of the box with the CD number in light blue,and the back is light grey.On the back is the music to be played and track numbers,plus CD numbers. The larger Strauss opera box is orange,and the orchestral box light blue, because blue and orange are complimentary colours.They have almost the same tonal values.The CDs are black as in the Opera box set.The booklet only has an essay on Kempe.The sound is excellent.I use a 20 year old digital 3 disc tray Sharp CD player to listen to CDs.The sound it produces is better then anything made now.I am not sure why.The Strauss CDs are newly remastered from the original source tapes.I cannot find any sound problems with them as mentioned in the other review.I have been collecting for over 50 years,and know a good remastered CD from a bad one.One would,as I collect singers of the past and they are always remastered.For example, Ponselle singing Violetta in the 1935 Met La Traviata.
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