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Strauss: Complete Orchestral Music Vol 3 / Kempe, Dresden


Release Date: 06/12/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64350   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Max RostalPaul Tortelier
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...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 not a single performance here that doesn't glow with insight, intelligence, and inner warmth.

How does one begin to describe these riches?... 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
Read more 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.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing these recordings reissued as EMI 73614]

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Kempe's performances are warm and humane, eloquent, heroic, and nostalgic. They stand, with those of Karajan, Boehm, Clemens Krauss, and the composer himself, at the head of the class. The set's radiance conveys the antithesis of the cold, metallic light shed by Maazel and Solti and, forgive me, Reiner.

Listen to the opening of Aus Italien, Strauss's youthful reflections on mighty Rome's ruins. The sheer beauty of orchestral sound, the perfectly balanced chords, the musicality of the playing, and Kempe's unashamed High Romanticism immediately strike one... [P]ride of place goes to an elegant and eloquent Don Quixote, played with great nobility by Paul Tortelier. There is honesty to his work that eludes Rostropovich, and here I find Karajan a bit slick and facile. Strauss can become a victim of his own great skills, a failing that Karajan occasionally shared. Violinist Ulf Hoelscher, without a particularly plangent sound or infallible technique, still makes a strong case for the often-ignored Violin Concerto: It should be played regularly along with Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, etc.

-- Michael Fine, FANFARE [5/2001, reviewing these recordings reissued as MHS 59593]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1973 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1971 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 49 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Aus Italien, Op. 16 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1974 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 43 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Macbeth, Op. 23 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1891; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1973 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 19 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Max Rostal (Viola), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1973 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 40 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Divertimento for Small Orchestra after Couperin, Op. 86 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 28 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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