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Strauss: Orchestral Works [Box set]

Rudolf Kempe , Strauss , Various Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Conductor: Various
  • Composer: Strauss
  • Audio CD (January 14, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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- 9CD set - Includes Don Juan, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenleben and other staples of the symphonic repertoire. - Richard Strauss was, and remains, one of the defining figures of the late-Romantic era. - Rudolf Kempe's Strauss recordings have been highly prized since their initial release - The Moonlight Music excerpt from the opera 'Capriccio' is new to CD - Newly remastered from master tapes

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated sonics for the venerable Kempe recordings January 17, 2014
By aheft04
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The recordings here require little introduction, as they have remained in the catalog since their inception in the 1970s. This 2013 release contains the latest sonic facelift for these recordings, and they do sound noticeably better (read: less veiled) on quality headphones when compared to the 1999 green EMI box collection Strauss: Orchestral Works. I have not heard the 2008 Brilliant Classics release Richard Strauss: Orchestral Works, but presumably that was simply a re-release of the same remastering in the 1999 EMI box as is often the case with Brilliant Classics. This newest 2013 release is highly recommended for those coming to these recordings for the first time, somewhat less so if you already possess one of the previous releases and do not own at least Mid-Fi audio equipment.

Of note, this set does include a single new track not found in the previous 1999 EMI box: Moonlight Music from Capriccio, Op.85.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness the computer ate my Alpensinfonie June 3, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have the green box predecessor of these Strauss orchestral works performed by the Staatskapelle Dresden and conducted by Rudolf Kempe. I played it a lot, enjoying it immensely. Sadly, however, my computer attempted to eat the CD that contained Eine Alpensinfonie. So I used that as a justification to acquire this set. And I am so glad!

Not only do I have a pristine recording of Eine Alpensinfonie, I am greatly enjoying the improved sound on all of these recordings. The old box set sounded pretty good, but there is a noticeable improvement in these recordings. I am listening now to Don Quixote, and the clarity is astounding. The cello breathes beguilingly; the horns blat realistically (at the proper moments); strings and woodwinds blend smoothly together in soft and loud passages. And I thought I would get blown away by the high wind in track 10. I was truly astonished at the improvement in sound.

But what of the performances themselves? Kempe and his forces wander elegantly (yet passionately) through Strauss's soundscape. Each section of the orchestra rises to the challenges presented by the ever-changing landscape of the music, conveying the drama behind each tone poem. And first-rate soloists like Paul Tortelier (Don Quixote), Peter Damm (horn concertos), Manfred Clement (oboe), Manfred Weise (clarinet), and Wolfgang Liebscher (bassoon) both blend willingly and soar above the orchestral accompaniment.

This set offers a great introduction to someone who has little, if any, of these pieces. For those who enjoy Strauss but are new to these performances, it offers some compelling performances in excellent sound, and perhaps an opportunity to explore some of the less popular works of Strauss. For those who already own the green box of these performances, I can only say that I am very glad that my computer "encouraged" me to acquire this set.

Strauss doesn't get any better than this!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars almost complete survey of Strauss's orchestral works March 22, 2014
Format:Audio CD
As previous reviewer stated, this edition is based on an earlier EMI boxset, whose material now under control by Warner Music. The reason why you should get this one is either you are new to Strauss or because of "remastering from original source tapes". I can't comment on the sonic since I do not own the EMI edition. Forget Karajan's famous recording - that's not music but hi-fi demonstration. Kempe's "Also sprach Zarathustra" is amazing.
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