Collection: Orchestral Favourites

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Composer(s):
Brahms, Johann Strauss II, Nicolai, Schubert & Komzák, Tchaikovsky, Weber, Ziehrer
Works:
Works by Johann Strauss II, Ziehrer, Weber, Nicolai, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schubert & Komzák
Performer:
Vienna PO/Hans Knappertsbusch
Label:
Decca Double Decca
Catalogue Number:
440 624-2 ADD (1958/60)
Performance:
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Sound:
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
The striking thing about this compilation is less the music (an unstoppable flood of good tunes), more the conductor, Knappertsbusch, a legendary giant who experienced the Austro-German late Romantics at first hand. These emphatically weighted, old-world readings are spacious, the Luftpausen bewitching, with popular marches, waltzes and ballets transformed into tone poems with a Mahlerian bent. Knappertsbusch claimed never to have liked the recording medium – but this is all very impressive, with Brucknerian tempi that convince by their tension and gravity. Ates Orga
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