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R Strauss: Intermezzo (Warner Classics)

The only studio recording of Strauss’s biographical opera is a complete winner on all front [MP]

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Strauss: Metamorphosen, Piano Quartet (B Records)

An accomplished, early Strauss chamber work of mild interest and a tender, carefully wrought, but slightly too cautious Metamorphosen [RMo]

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Eugene Goossens (conductor) – Cincinnati Symphony, Vol 3 (Pristine Audio)

Goossens’ final Cincinnati recordings complete a worthwhile 3-CD series [JW]

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R Strauss & Hindemith: Horn Concertos (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the greatest instrumentalists of the 20th century in some of its juiciest music – it’s a disc you can’t really afford to miss [GPJ]

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Strauss: Josephs Legende (Naxos)

A fine performance, well recorded, but inferior to Sinopoli’s more sensuous account [RMo]

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Strauss: Four Last Songs (Alpha Classics)

A thoughtful project and, as such, a significant addition to the discography of the Vier letzte Lieder [JQ]

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Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena (Decca)

Not ideal in every respect, this recording is a fine achievement nonetheless [MP]

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Daniel Behle (tenor) R Strauss & Wagner (Prospero)

An important album. One which may surprise those who admire this tenor’s Mozart recordings [MP]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

My Soul, What Fear You? (King’s College, Cambridge)

A fascinating Lieder recital [JQ]

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Strauss: Horn & Oboe Concertos (Orchid Classics)

Fine performances for the most part, but the documentation is problematic [LW]

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R Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A reminder of all the strengths of this cruelly-underrated conductor/composer. Certainly, this is a major addition to the Strauss discography [CC]

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R Strauss: Choral works (Hyperion)

Choral singing of formidable accomplishment [JQ]

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Carolyn Sampson (soprano) but I like to sing… (BIS)

A delight from start to finish – Carolyn Sampson is on effervescent form [JQ]

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Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (DUX)

Intermittently good, but inconsistent and not outstanding [RMo]

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Through The Night (BIS)

A stimulating medley of the best string music, beautifully executed [RMo]

Schumann: Symphony No. 1; Strauss: Sinfonia domestica (Orfeo)

(Déjà Review) Mitropoulos’ readings offer a must-hear, never less than fascinating experience [CC]

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The Paris Opera 1900-1960 (Malibran Music)

Ten very well-filled discs documenting six glorious decades at the Paris Opera [RMo]

Festive Sounds (SWR Classic)

A pleasant hour of music basking in a warmly resonant recording [MP]

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Weber, Schumann, Strauss: Horn concerti (Chandos)

A delightful collection [SB]

Strauss: Works for Cello (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Isserlis’s truly heartfelt performance expresses the Don’s humour, gravity, irony and pathos with marvellous subtlety [SF]

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Fritz Busch (conductor) In Stockholm (Pristine Audio)

Unusual Busch late-life survivals from Swedish Radio archives [RB]

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Otto Klemperer (conductor): The Remastered Edition (Warner Classics)

Klemperer consolidated; his full Warner legacy in best-yet transfers [JW]

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Deified (Pentatone)

Resplendent brass playing with Wagner’s Ring ruling lesser contemporary works [NB]