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Richard Strauss: Orchestral Works [Box set]

Staatskapelle Dresden / Kempe , n/a Audio CD
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  • Conductor: n/a
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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant
  • ASIN: B000BVXC7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra - Mort & Transfiguration - Till l'espiègle - Don Juan - Une Vie de Héros - Symphonie alpestre - Macbeth - Métamorphoses - Concertos... / Staatskapelle de Dresde, dir. Rudolf Kempe

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic set 20 Mar 2010
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This is simply fantastic 9CD set. It is exactly the same as the EMI Edition, but for some reason a full list of works doesn't appear on this page so I have listed them below. Strauss wrote some of the finest music of the 20th century in my view, and this is a wonderful collection of his entire orchestral output from his very well-known tone poems through the excellent but often under-rated concertos to works which were quite new to me. All of it is exceptionally well played: Kempe conducts brilliantly and brings really fine performances from the Dresden Staatskapelle and soloists including Paul Tortelier and Peter Damm.

The recording quality is excellent and the digital transfer has obviously been done very well - I have nothing but praise for the warmth and clarity of the sound. The box and individual cardboard sleeves are sturdy (if a little dull). There is a booklet of rather sparse notes in English only. They give adequate basic information about the works themselves and at this price and in slimline format I wouldn't dream of carping.

This is a terrific box and a monumental bargain and I recommend it very warmly.

The works:
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 2 in E flat
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in D
Burleske in D minor
Panathenäenzug: symphonische Etüden in Form einer Passacaglia
Parergon zur Symphonia domestica
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Don Juan
Ein Heldenleben
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
Symphonia domestica
Also sprach Zarathustra
Tod und Verklärung
Der Rosenkavalier
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Eine Alpensinfonie
Aus Italien
Don Quixote
Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rudolf KEMPE: A STRAUSSIAN MASTER ! 17 Sep 2008
"Brilliant Classics" - under license of "EMI Classics" - offers a large handful of masterpieces, the Very Best of Richard Strauss's Music, especially the Tone Poems and the Symphonies. Kempe and Staatskapelle Dresden are hand-in-glove. Perhaps only Karajan (frequently more opulent and ostentatious), Reiner (more intense) and, sometimes, Solti (for instance, "Ein Heldenleben" - 'Double Decca') rivaled him.

These discs of "Orchestral Works" (9 CDs) are authentic classical music treasures.
The 'Oboe Concerto' is beautiful and very well played. The 'Violin Concerto' - an early work, Op. 8 - it's well and nicely performed.
The "Sinfonie Domestica" is quiet, calm, circunspect, contained but warm-hearted, civilised, urbane and polite.
"Ein Heldenleben" is magnific and clear (without the Karajan's orchestral super-wealth).

As we know, KEMPE is a Richard Strauss specialist.
It's enough to emphasize - to praise him to the sky - the marvellous
and great performances of "Eine Alpensinfonie" (grandiloquent), "Also Sprach Zarathustra", "Josephslegende",
"Don Juan", "Aus Italien", "Tod und Verklärung", "Don Quixote", "Metamorphosen"...etc.
The orchestral playing is outstanding, with poise and poetry, nicely
balanced in all almost works.
Rarely have the Strauss Tone Poems received performances of a more
teasing allure, brilliance and idiosyncrasy.
These recordings are warmly within the ambience and with the acoustics
of Lukaskirche (Dresden): a benefit, indeed.
The CDs transfer is unblemished [but, at times, some more bits of technology wents well...].
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Strauss Orchestral Works 29 Oct 2011
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an excellent collection of the orchestral works of Richard Strauss - the tone poems and the concertos for horn and for oboe. Strauss produced a particularly beautiful orchestral sound and this is captured well by the playing of the Dresden Staatskapelle with Rudolf Kempe as conductor. The recordings date from 1970 to 1975 and have been digitally remastered. Kempe died the following year.

There are some rarely heard works here, like the 'piano reduction' with orchestra of the Sinfonia Domestica, and one of several works by various composers for piano, left-hand, and orchestra for Paul Wittgenstein to play after he lost his right arm in World War I. I was particularly pleased that the CD format now allows the longer works like Ein Heldenleben, Sinfonia Domestica and Don Quixote to be played all on one CD.

With these first-rate performances and clear sound of all of Strauss' orchestral works available at budget price, one need hardly look any further.
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