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Richard Strauss - Wind Concertos - Daniel Barenboim

Chicago Symphony Orchestra , Richard Strauss , Daniel Barenboim Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000059TL6
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 11
2. Duett-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon, strings and harp in F major, AV 147
3. Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major, AV 144
4. Andante for Horn and Piano in C major, AV 86A
5. Stimmungsbilder Op. 9 or Piano No. 2 An Einamer Quelle
6. Stimmungsbilder Op. 9 or Piano No. 4 Traumerei

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TEL 398423913; TELEFUNKEN - GERMANIA; Classica Orchestrale per Oboe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag - worth buying for oboe concerto 6 Jan 2013
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Mixed views - oboe concerto well performed and enjoyable.

Horn concerto taken at too slow and uneven a tempo.

Faults on the disk - loud clicks and skipping a few notes
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Concerto Masterpiece! 30 Mar 2002
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
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From the opening Horn Concerto, this Straussian rendering of his wind compositions is simply put, exhilirating listening! I can't get enough of hearing it, and I propose that likely many of you music conisseurs will as well. Recorded by members of the famed Chicago Symphony, it is very well done.
This collection features five compositions, his Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major and a second horn piece, this a Andante for Horn and Piano. As Strauss' father was a renown horn player himself and young Richard was made to accompany him at home much on the piano, that these pieces were of special import to him.
Dale Clevenger provides the solo work here, done with richness of tone and gusto in phrasing. I become enchanted more with the Horn Concerto with each listening. A great opener to this strong CD.
Next comes my favorite piece, even though I am partial to oboe numbers. This delightful Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon is magnificently rendered by Larry Combs and David McGill. It bubbles and percolates with brilliant exhanges between the two instruments. Seductive and subtle, with magnificent light string accompanyment, this truly has become my favorite piece.
The Oboe Concerto was inspired by a visiting American oboeist, John deLancie. Amazingly, deLancie of the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Orchestras, only played this piece once, at Interlochen, Michigan with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. It is demanding for the oboeist, requiring 57 solid measures without rest. Strauss reputedly recommended a mechanical breathing device for this, however, contemporary oboeists insist on overcoming the breathing issue with circular breathing. Here Alex Klein proves his rating as one of tops in the world with a brilliant sinuous and lovely expression. The gentle Adante finish with its subdivision of beats results in a brilliant finish.
A lover and collector of such Concertos, I am delighted to have discovered this one which has captivated my listening and will yours.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing solo talent 17 Aug 2001
By philistine - Published on Amazon.com
I originally bought this CD simply for Alex Klein's version of the Strauss Oboe concerto, but found everything else to also be superb. Klein's performance is the best that is out there. His sound is absoultely gorgeous and unparalled by anyone. Matching this sound with his technical mastery, smooth and singing phrases, as well as full dynamic range makes him simply the best oboist around. His interpretation of Strauss's concerto is absolutely breath-taking. I can listen to it over and over again.
The Horn concerto is brilliantly done by Clevenger. His sound rings brilliantly true with the spirit of the instrument. A radiant interpretation of this jubilant concerto.
Combs, McGill, and Barenboim also do excellent work on this CD; however these are the pieces that I listen to less. Nonetheless, their talent shines through and make for stunning performances.
This CD is a prime example of the wealth of talent that the CSO has. Truly a must own CD.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! 16 Sep 2004
By David Lee - Published on Amazon.com
This is a recording worth listening to over and over again. The peerless playing of these CSO principals as well as the excellent conducting from Barenboim make this CD the best there is in this repetoire. The Oboist Mr. Klein is sadly no longer playing much anymore due to a rare case of focal dystonia...he is an incredible musician and this performance of the Oboe Concerto is absolutely flawless with superb range in the bass register as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spellbinding Recording Of Strauss' Lesser Known Wind Works 16 Jun 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
This is indeed an enchanting recording, showing a Classical side of Richard Strauss little known to most lovers of classical music. And these elegant pieces offer further proof that Barenboim is among our finest interpreters of Strauss' music; either at the podium or at the keyboard. Dale Clevenger, the principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's horn section gives a brilliant, lyrical performance of the 1st Horn Concerto that easily conjurs up magnificient performances from the likes of Baumann and Brain. It is indeed a pity that the 2nd Horn Concerto wasn't recorded; instead we hear a great performance of the Oboe Concerto, with the Chicago Sympphony Orchestra's Principal Oboeist Alex Klein that is ravishingly beautiful. Once more Teldec engineers have produced a recording of highest sound quality. It should be regarded as yet another artistic triumph for Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd compilation, but stunningly performed 8 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I orignially purchased this CD to hear Alex Klein's rendition of the oboe concerto, but was simply delighted by the mastery given to every one of the pieces on this disc.
Dale Clevenger's performance of the first horn concerto is outstaning. From the opening fanfare, he plays through it all with spirit, sensitivity, and beautiful phrasing--not letting us down in his stature as one of the most formidable American horn players in this half of the twentieth century. My one problem is that his tone is a bit thin, which may be simply a product of the American school of playing.
Perhaps the hightlight of this album is the Duett-concertino for clarinet, bassoon and strings. Not only is it an absolutely charming piece, it is beautifully played by Combs and McGill, who weave in and out of each other with a luscious tone and gorgeously silky phrasing.
As an oboist, Alex Klein has never failed to knock me backwards with his flying fingers, incredible breathing and unique musicality. This recording is simply frightening. The first movement is taken at its true "Allegro moderato" tempo, and the opening, restless fifty-seven bars are played entirely unflinchingly and absolutely beautifully...I don't know how he does it. The rest of the piece is played just as incredibly, and the last movement sparkles with gusto and virtuosity. All throughout the piece, Klein and the orchestra connect absolutely perfectly (listen to the clarinet in the first movement).
I don't particularly like the selection of the Andante for horn and piano and the two piano pieces at the end...they just don't seem to go very well with the full orchestral pieces before them. Sill, they are very nicely played, particularly the Träumerei from the last set.
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