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Richard Strauss: Tone Poems

Rudolf Kempe

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The popular tone poems of Richard Strauss received glowing readings from Rudolf Kempe and the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1973 and 1974, and this 2011 reissue brings them to new listeners in a convenient EMI Masters twofer. A distinguished conductor who was widely respected for his artistry, though never known as a celebrity, Kempe recorded many fine albums for EMI, and his Strauss recordings received much critical praise for their interpretive subtlety and technical polish. Also sprach Zarathustra (famous for the opening fanfare used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Tod und Verklärung, Don Juan, and Ein Heldenleben are brilliant showpieces Kempe shaped with intelligence and taste, and they are brought together here with the "Dance of the Seven Veils" from the opera Salome, and the "Waltz Sequence" from Der Rosenkavalier. Despite their age, these recordings still have a potent energy and resplendent musicality that transcend the slight disadvantage of the analog sound, and even though there are numerous all-digital offerings that can offer better audio, these recordings still sound great, with no apparent sacrifice of quality in the transfer from the original masters to CD.
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1
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 1987 Remastered Version
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:33:06

David Mottley, Producer, Produced by - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Claus Strüben, Tonmeister

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1973 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1987 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28, TrV 171
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:14:45

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1975 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Tod und Verklärung, Op.24 1992 Remastered Version
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:22:28

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the Seven Veils
Rudolf Kempe
00:08:22

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1975 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1992 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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1
Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:16:13

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1973 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40, TrV 190: I. Der Held
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:04:21

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40, TrV 190: V. Des Helden Friedenswerke
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:03:25

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Ein Heldenleben Op. 40 (1988 Remastered Version): Des Helden Gefährtin (The hero's wife)
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:06:28

David Mottley, Producer, Produced by - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40, TrV 190: III. (b) Thema der Siegesgewissheit
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:06:00

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Ein Heldenleben Op. 40 (1988 Remastered Version): Des Helden Walstatt (The hero's battlefield)
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:01:33

David Mottley, Producer, Produced by - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Ein Heldenleben Op. 40 (1988 Remastered Version): Des Helden Walstatt [Kriegsfanfaren] (The hero's battlefield [War fanfares])
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:06:29

David Mottley, Producer, Produced by - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Ein Heldenleben Op. 40 (1988 Remastered Version): Des Helden Friedenswerke (The hero's works of peace)
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:04:58

David Mottley, Producer, Produced by - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40, TrV 190: VI. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:04:22

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40, TrV 190: VII. Entsagung
Staatskapelle Dresden
00:06:42

David Mottley, Producer - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 (1992 Remastered Version): Waltz Sequences (Acts II & III)
Rudolf Kempe
00:17:44

David Mottley, Producer, Produced by - Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra - Richard Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Kempe, Conductor, Arranger, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1974 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

The popular tone poems of Richard Strauss received glowing readings from Rudolf Kempe and the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1973 and 1974, and this 2011 reissue brings them to new listeners in a convenient EMI Masters twofer. A distinguished conductor who was widely respected for his artistry, though never known as a celebrity, Kempe recorded many fine albums for EMI, and his Strauss recordings received much critical praise for their interpretive subtlety and technical polish. Also sprach Zarathustra (famous for the opening fanfare used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Tod und Verklärung, Don Juan, and Ein Heldenleben are brilliant showpieces Kempe shaped with intelligence and taste, and they are brought together here with the "Dance of the Seven Veils" from the opera Salome, and the "Waltz Sequence" from Der Rosenkavalier. Despite their age, these recordings still have a potent energy and resplendent musicality that transcend the slight disadvantage of the analog sound, and even though there are numerous all-digital offerings that can offer better audio, these recordings still sound great, with no apparent sacrifice of quality in the transfer from the original masters to CD.
© TiVo

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