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Strauss: The Concertos / Tuckwell, Belkin, Gulda, Ashkenazy


Release Date: 05/11/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 460296   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard StraussFranz Strauss
Performer:  Barry TuckwellFriedrich GuldaBoris BelkinGordon Hunt,   ... 
Conductor:  István KertészAnthony CollinsVladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The fiery pulse of Strauss’s rather conventional youth and a serene old age are the extremes represented on this set, which avoids only the lumbering curiosities featuring left-hand piano of the Twenties. Tuckwell’s fulsome first recordings of the Horn Concertos are especially welcome back, complete with Franz Strauss’s healthy example to his son. Neither this nor the 18-year-old’s Violin Concerto are especially memorable works, but the teamwork of Tuckwell and the vital István Kertész, Belkin and Ashkenazy, make us believe in them for the duration; and Gulda’s glittering sweep, albeit in plummy mono sound, minimises the only problem of the Burleske – its repetitiousness. The late concertos could do with more orchestral Read more sweetness and light, but Gordon Hunt makes outstandingly detailed, vigorous work of the Oboe Concerto.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Germany 
2. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, AV 132 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1942; Germany 
3. Concerto for Horn in C minor, Op. 8 by Franz Strauss
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Munich, Germany 
4. Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Conductor:  Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
5. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Boris Belkin (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Germany 
6. Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gordon Hunt (Oboe)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945-1948; Germany 
7. Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Kim Walker (Bassoon), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1947; Germany 

Sound Samples

Horn Concerto No.1 in E flat, Op.11: Allegro
Horn Concerto No.1 in E flat, Op.11: Andante
Horn Concerto No.1 in E flat, Op.11: Allegro-Rondo (Allegro)
Horn Concerto, Op.8: 1. Allegro molto
Horn Concerto, Op.8: 2. Andante
Horn Concerto, Op.8: 3. Allegro molto
Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat: Allegro non troppo
Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat: Andante con moto
Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat: Rondo (Allegro molto)
Burleske in D minor, for piano and orchestra (1885-6)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8: 1. Allegro
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8: 2. Lento ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8: 3. Rondo: Presto
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
Duet-Concertino for clarinet & bassoon: 1. Allegro moderato
Duet-Concertino for clarinet & bassoon: 2. Andante
Duet-Concertino for clarinet & bassoon: 3. Rondo

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