Karajan: The Collection: Richard Strauss

Karajan: The Collection: Richard Strauss

by Herbert von Karajan


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You could say Karajan's Mozart and Haydn were too much like his Beethoven and that his Beethoven was too much like his Wagner. You could say Karajan's Bruckner was too much like his Wagner and his Wagner was too much like his Strauss. But no matter what, you had to say that his Strauss was like nothing else but Strauss. What was Karajan's Strauss like? Check out these recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic and find out. His 1973 "Don Juan" is vigorous and decadently voluptuous. His 1973 "Till Eulenspiegels" is witty and incredibly weighty. His 1974 "Also sprach Zarathustra" is lovely and enormously loud. His 1973 "Dance of the Seven Veils" is sensually and monstrously sexual. His 1981 "Eine Alpensinfonie" is so gargantuan that it sounds as if the whole mountain range was recorded live on location. His 1986 "Vier letzte Lieder" with Anna Tomowa-Sintow is not so much a farewell to life as it is the ecstatic embrace of death. The Berlin Philharmonic plays like the world's greatest Strauss orchestra. The remastered sound is the best Deutsche Grammophon has ever given these recordings. Say what you will about Karajan's Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Bruckner, his Strauss is as good as it gets.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947428121
catalogNumber: 000020202
Rank: 17212


Disc 1

  1. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176)

    1. Einleitung (Introduction)  (01:50)
    2. Von den Hinterweltlern (Of the Backworldsmen)  (03:28)
    3. Von der großen Sehnsucht (Of the Great Longing)  (02:07)
    4. Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften (Of Joys and Passions)  (01:59)
    5. Das Grablied (The Song of the Grave)  (02:48)
    6. Von der Wissenschaft (Of Science and Learning)  (04:32)
    7. Der Genesende (The Convalescent)  (05:14)
    8. Das Tanzlied (The Dance-Song)  (07:59)
    9. Nachtwandlerlied (Song of the Night Wanderer)  (05:09)
  2. Don Juan, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 20 (TrV 156)  (18:10)
  3. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)

    1. Frühling  (03:19)
    2. September  (04:01)
    3. Beim Schlafengehen  (05:30)
    4. Im Abendrot  (07:15)

Disc 2

  1. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233)

    1. Nacht (Night)  (03:06)
    2. Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)  (01:28)
    3. Der Anstieg (The Ascent)  (02:18)
    4. Eintritt in den Wald (Entering the forest)  (02:57)
    5. Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brook)  (02:38)
    6. Am Wasserfall (By the waterfall)  (00:16)
    7. Erscheinung (Apparition)  (00:51)
    8. Auf blumige Wiesen (Flowery meadows)  (00:56)
    9. Auf der Alm (In the mountain pasture)  (02:06)
    10. Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (On the wrong track through thickets and undergrowth)  (01:33)
    11. Auf dem Gletscher (On the glacier)  (01:17)
    12. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Precarious moments)  (01:28)
    13. Auf dem Gipfel (On the summit)  (04:30)
    14. Vision  (03:40)
    15. Nebel steigen auf (Rising mists)  (00:17)
    16. Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The sun gradually dims)  (00:49)
    17. Elegie (Elegy)  (02:18)
    18. Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the storm)  (03:02)
    19. Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunderstorm, descent)  (03:57)
    20. Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)  (02:41)
    21. Ausklang (Epilogue)  (06:32)
    22. Nacht (Night)  (02:16)
  2. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 28 (TrV 171)  (15:37)
  3. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215)  (10:17)

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