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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Set of Strauss Recordings, 6 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Richard Strauss - Complete Operas (DG box set) (Audio CD)
If you are reading this review you are most likely a Strauss fan. Unfortunately, if that is the case you are likely to probably already own many of these recordings. You will need to weigh the balance of your current Strauss collection with the possible additions included below. On the other hand, if you are new to Strauss's operas with the wish to explore the bulk of his works this is a fantastic chance to get a massive exposure. Keep in mind that Strauss can be quite variable in his compositions so make sure that you enjoy his works before making this investment. For example - Der Rosenkavalier is a very very different opera compared to Elektra. The set contains some of the major classic Strauss recordings performed over the last 50 years and is a must if one enjoys Strauss. I was lucky enough to only own a few of these so the purchase was a must. A highly recommended set!

Contents:
CD 1 - 2 Arabella
Della Casa/Fischer-Dieskau/Rothenberger/Malaniuk/Paskuda/Kohn/Bayerischer Staatsopernchor/Bayerisches Staatsoper/Keilberth
CD 3 - 4 Ariadne auf Naxos
Voigt / von Otter / Dessay * Heppner / Staatskapelle Dresden / Sinopoli
CD 5 - 6 Capriccio
Janowitz/Troyanos/Auger/Schreier/de Ridder/Fischer-Dieskau/Prey/Ridderbusch/SOBR/Böhm
CD 7 - 8 Daphne
Güden/Wunderlich/King/Schöffler/WS/Böhm
CD 9 - 10 Elektra
Nilsson/Collier/Stolze/Krause/Resnik/WP/Solti
CD 11 - 12 Feuersnot
Janowitz / Shirley-Quirk / Berlin Radio Orchestra / Leinsdorf
CD 13 - 15 Die Frau ohne Schatten
Varady/Behrens/Runkel/Domingo/van Dam/Sumi Jo/WP/Solti
CD 16 - 17 Die schweigsame Frau
Hotter/Güden/Prey/Wunderlich/Alarie/Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Böhm
CD 18 Der Friedenstag
Voigt/Dohmen/Botha/Villars/Staatsopernchor Dresden/Staatskapelle Dresden/Sinopoli
CD 19 - 20 Guntram
Tokody/Goldberg/Sólyom-Nagy/Gati/Bandi/Chor der Ungarischen Armee/Ungarisches Staatsorchester/Queler
CD 21 - 22 Die ägyptische Helena
Jones/Katsu/Hendricks/Bryant/Kenneth Jewell Chorus/Detroit SO/Dorati
CD 23 - 24 Intermezzo
Popp / Fischer-Dieskau / Dallapozza / Sawallisch
CD 25 - 27 Die Liebe der Danae
Kupper/Schöffler/Traxel/Szemere/Wiener Staatsopernchor/WP/Krauss
CD 28 - 30 Der Rosenkavalier
Crespin/Jungwirth/Minton/Donath/WP/Solti
CD 31 - 32 Salome
Studer/Rysanek/Terfel/Hiestermann/Bieber/Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Sinopoli
CD 33 4 Last Songs / Songs with Orchestra
Norman / Gewandhausorchester / Masur
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2014, 02:45:29 GMT
John Ayton says:
Thanks so much for listing the contents of the box set seeing as how amazon couldn't be bothered. It's certainly a tricky decision as I own all of the "big" operas (some of them twice) and now I have to decide whether to add more copies in order to get som of the "lesser" (please forgive me, Richard) works. Hmmmm! Decisions, decisions.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2014, 00:25:35 GMT
Moonfish says:
Thank you. Yes, it is tricky with these box compilations. I guess it depends on how many you have, but it is a box of temptations!!!

Posted on 7 Apr 2014, 18:11:37 BST
I thought it a tad odd that they included 3 Solti recordings here when these have only been quite recently made available as part of another bargain box. R. Strauss: The Operas which quite a few Strauss fans like myself will have bought and we will therefore not be in the market for this new DG box. But that said if I had not bought the Solti box I would def be getting this box, not least because it offers a good mix of vintage as well as more recent recordings so a wide range of singers is included.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2014, 20:44:06 BST
Moonfish says:
Very true. I find myself in the opposite camp having the Strauss collection and now being less prone to pick up the acclaimed Solti compilation. One wonders how these sets are planned in the first place...?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2014, 23:40:35 BST
I do not know about the planning, but am just pleased that they seem to be selling in sufficient numbers for the companies to continue to bring them out. I can think of several candidates for the big box treatment -the Classics for Pleasure and Melodiya labels and surely the BBC has enough recordings of Proms concerts in its vaults to issue at least one boxful of treasures.
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