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Strauss: Orchestral Works / Kempe, Staatskapelle Dresden


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 73614   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter DammManfred WeiseWolfgang LiebscherMalcolm Frager,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 10 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Rudolf Kempe's benchmark Dresden Strauss recordings from the 1970s were previously available in three triple-CD budget boxed sets. The nine discs are now repackaged in one space saving box. Have the sonics been tweaked? My ears detect a slight gain in detail, with brighter upper transients, making the Dresden Staatskapelle sound even more gorgeous than before. Kempe was one of the greatest masters of orchestral balance ever to mount a podium. No matter how thick or busy Strauss' opulent textures, Kempe makes immediate and logical sense of it all. Yet he never sacrifices tone for clarity, and allows the Dresden musicians to flaunt their creamy colors while maintaining clearly defined rhythms. There's
Read more not a single performance here that doesn't glow with insight, intelligence, and inner warmth.

How does one begin to describe these riches? Start with Kempe's absolute smoker of a Don Juan, continue on to the most lovable, rollicking Till Eulenspiegel imaginable (not quite as quick-witted as Kempe's earlier Berlin Philharmonic traversal), then bask in the conductor's frothy arrangement of the Rosenkavalier Waltzes. Likewise, all the concerted works are well done, as Kempe shadows his soloists with sophisticated elan. Until his RCA Alpine Symphony is reissued, Kempe's Dresden remake remains the most atmospheric and fluent version of this sprawling opus on disc. Paul Tortelier's lithe-toned, deeply felt cello playing elevates this third and finest of his recorded Don Quixotes to classic status alongside Rostropovitch/Karajan and Fournier/Szell. From the dark, brooding Metamorphosen to the playful pastiche of the ballet suites, Kempe lavishes love and care upon all he touches. This is the ultimate Richard Strauss orchestral collection. Don't pass it up!

– Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter Damm (French Horn)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Germany 
2.
Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Manfred Weise (Clarinet), Wolfgang Liebscher (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1947; Germany 
3.
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
4.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
5.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
6.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
7.
Parergon zur Symphonia domestica, Op. 73 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter Rösel (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1925 
8.
Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Germany 
9.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
10.
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
11.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz(es) by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Rudolf Kempe. 
12.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
13.
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
14.
Josephslegende, Op. 63 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1914; Germany 
15.
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 
16.
Aus Italien, Op. 16 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Germany 
17.
Macbeth, Op. 23 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1891; Germany 
18.
Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Max Rostal (Viola)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
19.
Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin, AV 107 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Germany 
20.
Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, AV 132 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter Damm (French Horn)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1942; Germany 
21.
Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Manfred Clement (Oboe)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945-1948; Germany 
22.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ulf Hoelscher (Violin)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Germany 
23.
Schlagobers, Op. 70: Waltz by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921-1922; Germany 
24.
Panathenäenzug for Piano left hand and Orchestra, Op. 74 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter Rösel (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Germany 
25.
Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Ein Heldenleben
Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes
Eine Alpensinfonie

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