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listen  1. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20Andre Previn/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra18:06Album Only
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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: André Previn
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CXB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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André Previn is a considerate conductor. He does not impose himself on Strauss, nor does he get in the way of the Vienna Philharmonic. Just as well, for no orchestra knows Strauss's music better than they. Unfortunately, neither of the accounts on the Telarc disc ranks as a first choice. While the playing is solid throughout Don Juan--except for the curdled top note in the climactic statement of the big horn tune--there is not enough tension in Previn's reading to generate sustained excitement. The conductor tends to let things sag in the lyrical pages and offers a genial but disengaged view of the score's more passionate moments. The soloist in Don Quixote is the VPO's own Franz Bartolomey, and it is he who seems to be leading the performance. Previn again takes a back seat, not so much shaping as assisting in a reading in which the Viennese are the real stars. Not surprisingly, their playing is impressive in its brilliance and tonal refinement, but that alone is not enough to compensate for a rather ordinary realization of the solo part. As fine a musician as Bartolomey is, one misses a real personality here. --Ted Libbey

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil in Mågnøliá TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is what happens when you follow the recommendations of the so-called 'professional' reviewers (Gramophone, Penguin, Fanfare...) -- next thing you know, they've changed their minds and something else is their new 'favorite', and the recording that was so great just a couple of years ago, and the one you purchased after reading their laudatory review, is no longer even mentioned!

Back in the mid-1990's, when I was first building my classical music collection, my 'bible' and chief reference was Gramophone's 1993 "The Good CD Guide", and my dog-eared copy of this edition still resides on my desktop today where I refer back to it from time to time.

And so, at that time - 1993 - while there were many other recordings of both Don Juan, and Don Quixote, available and with strong recommendations, Gramophone guided me to purchase this recording, stating (among other things) that "Control is the keynote here, a certain nobility and dignity, with the Vienna strings lending their own inimitable brand of sweetness and vibrancy to the love music", and going on to say that "Previn and Telarc respect the composer's original intentions and use the principals of the orchestra who are quite clearly balanced within the orchestra. It's a patient and considered reading full of warmth and humanity that does not yield all its treasures on first hearing...".

Given that recommendation at that time, I added this recording to my collection. And I've enjoyed it since then, without reservation. But today, with Gramophone's 1993 recommendation perhaps seeming to be out-of-date, what do I think of this recording?

There are two compositions on this CD, first Don Juan, Op.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bubny on March 12, 2007
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I have to part company with Amazon's "official" reviewer for this CD, at least when it comes to the main work on this disc. Previn and his orchestral soloists produce a "Don Quixote" that is less a showpiece for a superstar cellist and more of a cogently argued symphonic poem. This approach allows one to hear the work as a whole, rather than as a cello concerto, and Previn (and the two soloists) astutely observe nuances that often are glossed over. In its way, it's as fine a performance as the Fournier/Karajan or Tortelier/Kempe, and the playing and Telarc's recorded sound are both detailed and lush. On the other hand, the coupling of "Don Juan" is as unexceptional as "Don Quixote" is exceptional, Previn generating rather low voltage and the famous Vienna brass sounding as though they're having an off day. If you prefer a more evenly-matched coupling of the two "Dons," Reiner (on RCA) and Szell (on Sony) can be recommended with enthusiasm, although the sound is a bit dated in either of these early-stereo reissues.
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Andre Previn said that he was most proud of the series of recordings made with the Vienna Philharmonic for Telarc. Previn has a more relaxed approach to the music than Szell or Reiner or Toscanini and this allows the listener to savor the rich harmonies and wonderful melodies that these other conductors understate. These are both marvelous performances. Nothing is dull or slack and the recording is crystal clear. Any curdling of horn notes is probably a reflection of the playback system.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marta Ribeiro Senna on September 4, 2014
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Haven't seen it yet, since I had them posted to a friend's office in the US. I'll probably see and listen to it in October.
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