Strauss, R: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (Death and Transfiguration)

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The Stokowski Edition, XII

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Bach, J S:

Andante sostenuto from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV1003 (transcr. Stokowski)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


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Richard Strauss: Orchestral Works

Richard Strauss: Orchestral Works


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

recorded 16/09/1947

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

recorded 12/01/1944

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

recorded 13-16/11/1943

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

recorded 09/06/1947

Metamorphosen

recorded 27/10/1947

Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1

Liebeshymnus, Op. 32 No. 3

Verfuehrung Op. 33 No. 1

Winterliebe Op. 48 No. 5

recorded 15-17/02/1942

Peter Anders (tenor)


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Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op. 20, etc.

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


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Orchestral Favourites Volume VIII - Richard Strauss


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)


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Hans Knappertsbusch

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The late recordings 1958-1962


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


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Richard Strauss - Tone Poems

Richard Strauss - Tone Poems


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Don Juan, Op. 20

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Festive Prelude for large orchestra & organ, Op. 61

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils


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Richard Strauss dirigiert eigene Tondichtungen II

Richard Strauss dirigiert eigene Tondichtungen II


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53


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Sir Georg Solti - The Maestro

Sir Georg Solti - The Maestro


Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances for orchestra, Sz. 68, BB 76

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 6 in A major

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture

L'Italiana in Algeri Overture

La gazza ladra Overture

La scala di seta Overture

Semiramide Overture

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Vier letzte Lieder

Lucia Popp (soprano)

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Weiner, Leó:

Csongor and Tünde, suite, Op. 10b: Introduction & Scherzo


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James Levine - Celebration in Music

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A 60th Birthday Tribute


Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Wiener Philharmoniker

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Wiener Philharmoniker

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

(arr. for string orchestra, 2nd version 1943)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Berliner Philharmoniker

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

The MET Orchestra

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The MET Orchestra

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

The MET Orchestra

Webern:

Six Pieces for Orchestra Op. 6

Berliner Philharmoniker


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Wagner & Strauss

Wagner & Strauss


Strauss, R:

Metamorphosen

Don Juan, Op. 20

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 3

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Die Walküre: Act 1

Helga Dernesch (Sieglinde), William Cochran (Siegmund), Hans Sotin (Hunding)

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)

Norman Bailey (baritone)

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)


This collection sees Otto Klemperer lead the Philharmonia and New Philharmonia orchestras in compelling performances of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss. The set features highlights from each of Wagner’s most acclaimed operas, as well as Strauss’s Don Juan and a 1962 account of Tod und Verklärung that was hailed as one of Klemperer’s finest late recordings.

Ambivalent is the word which best describes Klemperer’s feelings about Germany’s two great musical Richards, Wagner and Strauss. During his early years as an opera conductor in Germany, Klemperer conducted a modicum of Strauss and a good deal of Wagner, though from the outset it was clear that he was never going to be an unthinking fan of either. The music of both composers did, nonetheless, cast its spell. Recording Act 1 of Wagner’s Die Walküre in London in 1969 was, he said, like meeting a woman he had loved 40 years ago and discovering that she was much as she had always been. He went on: ‘I find the music thrilling. Thrilling! One can say this or that about Wagner, but no one else could have written that music. No one! It’s as stupid to underestimate Wagner as it is to overestimate him. He doesn’t need either’.

Klemperer’s attitude to the operas of Richard Strauss was no less mixed. He thrilled to Salome, which even as an old man he considered to be one of the twentieth century’s most original scores, revered Elektra, and took great delight in Ariadne auf Naxos. On the other hand, he found too much ‘sugar-water’ in Der Rosenkavalier and was baffled by Die Frau ohne Schatten of which he conducted a handful of performances in Cologne in 1919.

The Strauss work which had first impressed Klemperer – he was 15 at the time – was Tod und Verklärung. What struck the young enthusiast was the quality of the orchestration and the remorselessness of the build-up of the thematic material, qualities Klemperer would later bring to his own reading of a work which does indeed advance implacably towards its sought-for goal: the soul’s transfiguration as memories of childhood visions and unattained artistic ideals grandly mingle.

Knowing the man as he did, Klemperer experienced few difficulties in coming to terms with Strauss’s equivocations during the Nazi era. As the Second World War drew towards its close Strauss began working on Metamorphosen, a threnody for 23 solo strings born of the trauma of wartime cultural loss: the Goethe house destroyed, Dresden, Munich, Weimar all in ruins. ‘Basically quite nice’ was Klemperer’s laconic

comment on the piece, yet no one was more eager to conduct it, an ambition he realised in Budapest in March 1948. Klemperer’s coupling of Metamorphosen with Tod und Verklärung on an LP first released in 1962 was widely welcomed as one of the finest of all his late recordings.

“this set proved to be a most enjoyable listening experience, both in the recordings which I remembered from their original LP issues and those I had not previously encountered. The re-mastering has plenty of body and faithfully reproduces the sound of the original sessions and Klemperer’s approach to the music.” MusicWeb International, 20th June 2013

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