Karl and all,
I forgot in my last message to say that my Strauss 78s of the above are
German DGGs (although that might be inferred from my statement that they are
Hello Karl --
A tardy reply about Strauss's recording of this. I own the 78s
(yellow-label; post-war, I assume). Four sides; the matrix and take information on the
1 -- 1086-3/4 GE 5
2 -- 1087 GE 5
3 -- 1088-3/4 GE 5
4 -- 1089 GE 5
I haven't played the records in years and, in fact, have assumed that the
DGG LP transfer was from them. I can't help about timings. However, I hope the
above helps a little.
I was recently dubbing for a friend some Japanese 78s of the Strauss Japanese Festival Music. Not having a score, the side joins were a bit problematic. I ended up with about 17 minutes of music, whereas I had a tape of another transfer, assumedly of the same recording, from an LP on a label First Edition Recordings FER-1. That transfer was about 14 minutes long! While I haven't compared the two yet, I wondered if anyone know much about the history of this recording. The labels are in Japanese but also include mention of the Bavarian State Orchestra...yet the performance suffers from many ensemble problems...and the set has "Nippon Symphony Orchestra" written in ink on the inside cover of the set.
The only listing I find in OCLC is for the FER issue. I noticed that there is a CD release on Preiser, which lists the Bavarian State Orchestra.
I am left to wonder if this was just a one shot reading of the piece. Since the orchestra that is used sounds like it quite large, perhaps they only had enough money for one or two takes.
Since it was a commissioned, occasional piece, the large orchestra makes sense...I do know of one performance in this country, I believe at Aspen, with Mester conducting.
Any additional information about the piece and/or the recording and or the FER release, would be most welcome.