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Strauss: Complete Orchestral Works / Rudolf Kempe

Strauss / Rudolf Kempe
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 3178025   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul TortelierMax RostalUlf HoelscherPeter Damm,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This set purports to contain Strauss’ complete orchestral music, but it doesn’t even come close. Many early works are missing, including the two symphonies, lots of opera suites, the Japanese Festival Music, and other occasional works–the list goes on. So let’s forget about the “complete” business. What you do get is the entire nine-disc set previously released, with the discs reorganized and renumbered, but otherwise presented with their couplings intact. There is one new item: the brief “Moonlight Music” from Capriccio, four minutes of loveliness added to the end of what is now Disc One.

This reissue also claims to have been “newly remastered from the original source tapes.” That
Read more claim is believable. The sonics, always very good, are indeed more vividly present than previously, if only marginally so. For comparison I include excerpts from the opening of Don Juan in the EMI Masters series and the present (Warner Classics) edition. The differences, even in an mp3, are detectable, though not huge (sound clips). Those who want these performances in their best CD incarnations yet might want to consider springing for this set. However, if you already own it in one of its many prior incarnations, and you are perfectly happy, then there is no special urgency to upgrade.

The performances themselves need no further recommendation from me. They remain the absolute benchmarks for great Strauss playing and conducting. Of course, there are other equally fine individual performances from the likes of Reiner, Karajan, and Szell, but no one matches Kempe and the Staatskapelle Dresden for sheer clarity of texture and consistent liveliness and musicality. The ideal way of building your Strauss collection is to start here, and then supplement with other individual items, such as the Reiner Ein Heldenleben, the last Karajan Death and Transfiguration, the Kord or Solti Alpine Symphonies, and other such works as strike your fancy. This remains the biggest and best Strauss collection yet assembled, and it looks likely to remain so.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
2.
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
3.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz(es) by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
4.
Capriccio, Op. 85: Interlude "Moonlight Music" by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 
5.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
6.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
7.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
8.
Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
9.
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 
10.
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 
11.
Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin, AV 107 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Germany 
12.
Aus Italien, Op. 16 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Germany 
13.
Macbeth, Op. 23 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1891; Germany 
14.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
15.
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
16.
Schlagobers, Op. 70: Waltz by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921-1922; Germany 
17.
Josephslegende, Op. 63 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1914; Germany 
18.
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 
19.
Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Germany 
20.
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 
21.
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 
22.
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 
23.
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 
24.
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 
25.
Parergon zur Symphonia domestica, Op. 73 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter Rösel (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1925 
26.
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 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Kempe's Strauss is sublime May 3, 2014 By Joel K. (Temecula, CA) See All My Reviews "I've treasured my recordings by Fritz Reiner of the Strauss tone poems for decades, and I still do, but Kempe has a slight edge in the sound quality, whilst still retaining the poetry, precision and sheer excitement of Reiner's interpretations. Every instrument in the orchestra possesses its own clear voice within the huge Straussian fabric, and the clarity is amazing." Report Abuse
 The Classic Strauss April 16, 2014 By Joseph Lieber, MD (Great Neck, NY) See All My Reviews "This is the classic Strauss orchestral set. The recordings by Kempe are always beautifully played, with superb phrasing and intensity. It is probably the best way to get all of the Strauss orchestral works together in one box set and still be assured of riveting performances." Report Abuse
 Best Strauss Collection Ever April 15, 2014 By W. Finch (Austin, TX) See All My Reviews "Haven't you been curious to hear all orchestral works by Richard Strauss? If you love Strauss you'll love this collection. In a few cases, definitive ... the others, truly satisfying. Rudolf Kempe knows the composer and always presents him well. This is the best Strauss collection ever offered as a package. Spend the money. You won't regret it." Report Abuse
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