Thursday, 12 May 2016

Richard Strauss - Orchestral Works - Dresden Staatskapelle/Kempe

Rating: 5/5

A fantastic set

This is simply fantastic 9CD set.  Strauss wrote some of the finest music of the 20th century in my view, and this is a wonderful collection of his entire orchestral output from his very well-known tone poems through the excellent but often under-rated concertos to works which were quite new to me. All of it is exceptionally well played: Kempe conducts brilliantly and brings really fine performances from the Dresden Staatskapelle and soloists including Paul Tortelier and Peter Damm.

The recording quality is excellent and the digital transfer has obviously been done very well - I have nothing but praise for the warmth and clarity of the sound. The box and individual cardboard sleeves are sturdy (if a little dull). There is a booklet of rather sparse notes in English only. They give adequate basic information about the works themselves and at this price and in slimline format I wouldn't dream of carping.

This is a terrific box and a monumental bargain and I recommend it very warmly.

The works:
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 2 in E flat
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in D
Burleske in D minor
Panathenäenzug: symphonische Etüden in Form einer Passacaglia
Parergon zur Symphonia domestica
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Don Juan
Ein Heldenleben
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
Symphonia domestica
Also sprach Zarathustra
Tod und Verklärung
Der Rosenkavalier
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Eine Alpensinfonie
Aus Italien
Don Quixote
Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin

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