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Strauss: Alpensinfonie (Alpine Symphony), Zarathustra, Four Last Songs, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Salome dance [Original recording remastered]

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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: DG Karajan Collection
  • ASIN: B00008CLNW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)Berliner Philharmoniker 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von den HinterweltlernBerliner Philharmoniker 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von der großen SehnsuchtBerliner Philharmoniker 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von den Freuden und LeidenschaftenBerliner Philharmoniker 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Das GrabliedBerliner Philharmoniker 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von der WissenschaftBerliner Philharmoniker 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Der GenesendeBerliner Philharmoniker 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Das Tanzlied - Das NachtliedBerliner Philharmoniker 7:59£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Das NachtwandlerliedBerliner Philharmoniker 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. R. Strauss: Don Juan, Op.20Berliner Philharmoniker18:03£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen11. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 1. FrühlingBerliner Philharmoniker 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 2. SeptemberBerliner Philharmoniker 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 3. Beim SchlafengehenBerliner Philharmoniker 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 4. Im AbendrotBerliner Philharmoniker 7:15£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - NachtBerliner Philharmoniker 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - SonnenaufgangBerliner Philharmoniker 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Der AnstiegBerliner Philharmoniker 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Eintritt in den WaldBerliner Philharmoniker 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - ErscheinungBerliner Philharmoniker0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf blumige WiesenBerliner Philharmoniker0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf der AlmBerliner Philharmoniker 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf IrrwegenBerliner Philharmoniker 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf dem GletscherBerliner Philharmoniker 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Gefahrvolle AugenblickeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf dem GipfelBerliner Philharmoniker 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - VisionBerliner Philharmoniker 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Nebel steigen aufBerliner Philharmoniker0:18£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählichBerliner Philharmoniker0:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - ElegieBerliner Philharmoniker 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Stille vor dem SturmBerliner Philharmoniker 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Gewitter und Sturm, AbstiegBerliner Philharmoniker 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - SonnenuntergangBerliner Philharmoniker 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - AusklangBerliner Philharmoniker 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - NachtBerliner Philharmoniker 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche), Op.28Berliner Philharmoniker15:32£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. R. Strauss: Salome, Op.54 / Scene 4 - Salome's Dance Of The Seven VeilsBerliner Philharmoniker10:17£1.49  Buy MP3 


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1.0 out of 5 stars Track one missing 12 Jun 2014
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No track one - with the famous intro! - bit of a scam. They probably want me to purchase track one separately, which I won't do. I don't like this kind of jiggery-pokery. It would be like buying a car only to find it's only got three wheels and you have to go back and buy the fourth wheel separately. One star only, for scamming me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Offered what I looked for 7 Oct 2013
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I bought it for the "Zarathustra" and "the four last songs" and this record presented these beautifully. Rest of the record is no doubt of the same high standard, but is of less interest to me personally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan's Greatest Strauss hits?` 22 Oct 2004
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
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This recoupling of Strauss masterpieces is probaby Herbert von Karajan's greatest existing CD set of Richard Strauss, for whose music he was an unquestioned master. This set is headlined by Karjan's remarkable 1974 performance of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and his top of the line digital recording of "Eine Alpensinfonie" from 1981. It includes a number of popular Strauss tone poems and Karajan's elegant collaboration with Anna Tomowa-Sintow of the Four Last Songs.

The remastering on this set is somewhat uneven. "Also Sprach Zarathustra" sounds about the same here as it did on the DG Strauss Panorama two-CD set where it last appeared. The Alpine Symphony is the 21-track version from the Karajan Gold CD and is a major improvement over the earlier single track and 11 track versions DG distributed. The performance in this set sounded wonderful on my home stereo.

I paid an Amazon.com vendor about $9 for this set new, making it an outstanding bargain box of most of Karajan's best Strauss recordings. His EMI "Ein Heldenleben" is not included, of course. Still, this set is a major improvement of the DG Strauss Panorama that included Karajan's 1959 recording of "Ein Heldenleben".

With the addition of Karajan's recordings of "Don Juan", "Til Eulenspiegel" and Salome's "Dance of the Seven Veils", this now becomes the preferred collection of Strauss orchestral music by this conductor.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good remasterings of Karajan classics 20 Jan 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Half of this bargain two-fer comes from the Sevenites (Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulespiegel), and the other half from the Eighties (Four Last Songs, Alpine Sym.). The significance has to do with recorded sound. The later digital recordings have sounded nasty and shrill but are now much better thanks to the current remastering. The earlier analog ones sound increidbly good, particularly the Zarathustra. Critics tend to prfer Karajan's version of the Four Last Songs with Gundula Janowitz, but that recording isn't in as good sound as this one, and Tomova-Simtov lets us hear the poetry more clearly. I am happy to own both and even happier that the early digital-era problems have been solved.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Strauss 27 Sep 2009
By Transfigured Knight - Published on Amazon.com
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Karajan is a master Strauss conductor and there seems to be two "schools" if you will of Strauss fans: the Kempe school and the Karajan school. For me, I think it's hard to beat Karajan, but I enjoyed Kempe's readings quite a lot. This 2-CD set does not collect all of Karajan's Strauss recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (I'll provide links to those later).

This does contain some remarkable recordings, especially of "Eine Alpensinfonie," which is probably one of the best versions ever put to record. Another highlight for me was "Don Juan," which gets a fantastic reading. It's a shame Karajan never recorded Strauss' horn concerti or his "Oboe Concerto." I would have really enjoyed hearing how he handled those concerti.

I would highly recommend this set, but this obviously isn't all of Karajan's DG Strauss recordings, so here are the recordings that complete this set:

Strauss: Metamorphosen/Tod und Verklarung (Metamorphoses/Death and Transfiguration)
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Wagner / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

I love all of these recordings and no self-respecting Richard Strauss fan should be without Karajan's masterful interpretations and the energetic performances from the Berliners.
5.0 out of 5 stars It really doesn't get better than this! 3 April 2014
By Joseph Kline PhD, MD - Published on Amazon.com
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For this two-disc issue, DG wisely remastered some of Herbert von Karajan's recordings of several of Richard Strauss tone poems (original recording year): Also sprach Zarathustra (1973), Don Juan (1972/3), Eine Alpensinfonie (1980), and Till Eulenspiegels Justige Streiche (1972/3), along with Four Last Songs (1985) and Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome (1972/3). The remastering has significantly improved the sound in those recordings for which I could compare with the original. In fact, the sound now compares favorably with recently recorded discs -- even those with two-channel SACD. With so many older but classic recordings out there, it is surprising that the labels have not taken greater advantage of the technology. Most of us who have treasured recordings would gladly buy the remastered discs if they sounded as sublime as the reviewed discs.

So what of the performances? In a word (or two), splendid and definitive. Karajan was always THE conductor gold standard for most Germanic works by composers such as Bruckner and Strauss. Their works seemed to benefit from the warm strength with which Karajan performed them. And he conveyed that strength without them sounding harsh or chilling. While An Alpine Symphony is criticized as aimlessly sprawling, I find that criticism to be more valid in Zarathustra which I consider to be a more challenging listening experience (except, of course, the opening measures made forever famous by "2001 A Space Odyssey." An Alpine Symphony is Strauss's love song to the natural beauty of the mountains that viewed during his youth in Bavaria. It is a work of stellar beauty that the listener must turn off the clock and immerse himself in, allowing the music to sweep him into and though the passages of those mountains.

The two larger works mentioned above as well as Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegels are played with shimmering strings, masculine brass, sweet winds, and emphatic snares and tympani. All are very natural-sounding. The balance between instruments is perfect. In short, the recorded sound is fantastic in its remastered form.

Somehow, it almost seems out of character for Karajan to have recorded such a sultry Dance of the Seven Veils. He must have conducted in a shirt without the usual starch. With regard to the Four Last Songs, I will happily defer to those who enjoy solo vocal music. I have loved the years I sang in choral groups, but I must confess never to have grown fond of solo vocal works. For me, I can tell you the songs occupied the intended tracks. Period.

There are so many fine recordings of the tone poems, that it is a challenge to select the top recordings. Fortunately, you can't really go wrong with Karajan's present album or Kempe's traversals. Since An Alpine Symphony is one of my favorites here, I would also recommend the accounts by Previn and Ahkenazy, and be sure to get Shipway's SACD recording on BIS. Of those four, I cannot pick my absolute favorite. Each time I listen to one, I think "No, this one's the best." But there is still something that sets Karajan above even that small elite group of great recordings...
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 28 July 2014
By BARRETO - Published on Amazon.com
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good item, good seller
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