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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]

Strauss: Four Last Songs (Sony Classical)

Not an account of the Four Last Songs that makes it into the pantheon [JQ]

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Strauss: Complete Music for Wind Instruments (Capriccio)

Precious jewels, delightfully played [ST]

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Liebestod (Accentus Music)

A parcel of bleeding chunks that don’t quite add up [DMD]

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier/Berg: Lyric Suite (Cleveland Orchestra)

Cool, precise Strauss, revelatory Berg, ravishing playing [DMD]

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Dynamic)

A modern-dress production that plays it pretty straight, and a very strong singing team [ST]

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Fritz Busch (conductor) In Stockholm (Pristine Audio)

An unusual compilation featuring some highly energised and engaging music-making [RMo]

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R Strauss: Tone Poems (Philharmonia Records)

Some marvellous Strauss tone poems that mark the beginning of Rouvali’s stewardship of the Philharmonia [ST]

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R Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (LSO Live)

A patchy Zarathustra and a good Jeux, but you’ll find better performances of both elsewhere [ST]

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Nicht Wiedersehen! (Gramola)

The Mahler songs are the apex of this issue, but there are also some rarities that are well worth a listen [GF]

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R Strauss: Letzte Lieder (Rondeau Production)

Strauss songs transfigured in breathtakingly beautiful performances [NB]

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Josephine Barstow (soprano) Final Scenes (Decca)

For me, the two outer tracks alone make this anthology of final scenes compulsory [RMo]

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Strauss R: Vier letzte Lieder (Decca)

For every Richard Strauss fan this CD is an absolute must [IL]


Strauss: Elektra (Sterling)

A thrilling piece of live theatre commemorating the career of a great singer, despite cuts [RMo]

Nelson Freire (piano): The Unreleased Recordings (Decca)

Previously unreleased Nelson Freire recordings enrich the catalogue [JW]

R Strauss: Orchestral Works (RCA)

A welcome re-issue of three justly famous Strauss recordings in superb sound [RMo]

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A Golden Cello Decade (Hyperion)

Cellistic surprises from Isserlis [JW]