LABELS: EMI Karajan Edition
WORKS: Symphonia domestica
PERFORMER: Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 5 66107 2 ADD 1973/75
Those who remain attached to the idea that the Symphonia domestica marks a distinct lowering of Strauss’s musical sights should hear this account. Quite simply, conductor and orchestra are in inspired form throughout, any notions of garrulousness being swept aside, particularly in the virtuosic finale. EMI’s newly refurbished sound retains much of the warmth of the original, but with the added advantage of allowing one to hear much more internal detail than ever before.