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Strauss: Metamophosen, Oboe Concerto, Four Last Songs / Karajan


Release Date: 08/18/2009 
Label:  Dg Galleria Catalog #: 423888   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula JanowitzLothar Koch
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...In spite of strong challenges from far and wide, the singing of [the Four Last Songs] by Gundula Janowitz has still not been surpassed for Straussian opulence and tenderness—I emphasize 'in my opinion', for people feel passionately about interpretation of this work!—and Karajan conducts a near-ideal account of the orchestral score... Koch's playing of the Oboe Concerto is smooth and urbane..." -- Gramophone [12/1988]

" Metamorphosen...is a work I have loved, on paper, as a concept, for nearly thirty years but which I had long since written off... All that changed when I first heard Karajan's magisterial recording. For weeks...I played that disc, passed through the eyes-uplifted-in-wonder stage, went
Read more well beyond the catch-in-throat-and-tingle-on-the-spinal-cord phase..." -- Glenn Gould [1976]
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Works on This Recording

1. Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 22 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 27 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lothar Koch (Oboe)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945-1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 24 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major: 1. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major: 2. Andante
Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major: 3. Vivace - Allegro
Vier letzte Lieder: 1. Frühling
Vier letzte Lieder: 2. September
Vier letzte Lieder: 3. Beim Schlafengehen
Vier letzte Lieder: 4. Im Abendrot

Customer Reviews

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 Spectacular! June 19, 2013 By James Carleton (Camarillo, CA) See All My Reviews "This is one of my favorite CDs, not just of Richard Strauss, but of all 4000 or so CDs that I own. I am not a big fan of Karajan, but the man *did* know how to conduct 20th-Century music, and there is no better performance of any of these works." Report Abuse
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