A superb collection of some of the greatest performances of Richard Strauss' orchestral, operatic, chamber and vocal works, brought together in a stunning 35-CD edition of fantastic value. The collection begins with a survey of Strauss' orchestral music, including the supremely popular symphonic poems - Don Juan, Don Quixote, Also sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel, Tod und Verklärung, Eine Alpensinfonie and Ein Heldenleben are included, together with comparatively rare orchestral works such as the wonderful Burlesque for piano and orchestra. These recordings, performed by the Staatskapelle Dresden and conducted by Rudolf Kempe, are a particular highlight of this box set, some of the greatest recordings of the classical catalogue. Of Kempe's Aus Italien, Gramophone stated: The Dresden orchestra play superbly and this version undoubtedly sweeps the board . Of another release in the series, Gramophone commented: the splendour of the Dresden orchestra is most impressive: at that period and under this conductor they may have had equals in this music but surely no superiors. An extensive survey of Strauss chamber music, performed by major international instrumentalists including Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano), Erno Sebestyen (violin), Wenn-Sinn Yang (cello) and the Sinnoffer Quartet. Includes definitive performances of Strauss' best-loved operas Der Rosenkavelier, Elektra, Salome, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Ariadne auf Naxos plus the rarely heard Friedenstag. In particular, Herbert von Karajan's Der Rosenkavalier remains unsurpassed. It really does triumph over them all - even the outstanding 1969 Solti/Decca - and the triumph is, almost entirely, Schwarzkopf's own , wrote Gramophone. This comprehensive box set concludes with 3 CDs of Lieder, including the enduringly popular Four Last Songs sung by Charlotte Margiono and a disc of historical recordings accompanied by Richard Strauss on piano. Liner notes included on CD-ROM - A truly unique set (the only one on the market!):The Richard Strauss Edition.