Not for the first time, Testament pays tribute to this selfless musician these twelve CDs are available separately and also as a very handsome set on SBT12 1281.
As ever with Testament, the presentation and transfers are exemplary.
Rudolf Kempe (1910-76) a musicians musician who came from the ranks; he was principal oboe of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Noted especially for his interpretations of Richard Strauss and Wagner, Kempes lucid and long-term way with the German classics always served the composer. Extensions beyond his associated repertoire included forays into British music, not least Delius and Tippett.
These Testament issues include Kempes interpretatins of Russian, Bohemian and classic Viennese dance music.
On these CDs, Kempe conducts symphonies by Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Dvoøák, Haydn and Schumann, popular classics by Kodály, Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov, music by Wagner, the Strauss Family and their affiliates, and enticing orchestral morsels from opera.
Orchestras include the Berlin, Royal and Vienna Philharmonics, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Recorded between 1955-1967
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Reviewed: March 2004