Clemens Krauss

Clemens Krauss

Clemens Heinrich Krauss (31 March 1893 – 16 May 1954) was an Austrian conductor and opera impresario, particularly associated with the music of Richard Strauss.

Krauss was born in Vienna out of wedlock to Clementine Krauss, then a 15-year-old dancer in the Vienna Imperial Opera Ballet, later a leading actress and operetta singer, niece of the prominent nineteenth-century operatic soprano Gabrielle Krauss. His natural father, Chevalier Hector Baltazzi (1851-1916), came from a family of wealthy Phanariot bankers resident in Vienna. Baltazzi's older sister Helene was married to Baron Albin Vetsera and was the mother of Baroness Mary Vetsera, who was accordingly Clemens Krauss' first cousin.

Krauss sang in the Hofkapelle (Imperial Choir) as a Vienna Choir Boy. He graduated from the Vienna Conservatory in 1912, after studying composition with Hermann Graedener and theory with Richard Heuberger there. He was then appointed chorus master in the Brno Theater (1912-1913), where he made his conducting debut in 1913. The famous Romanian soprano Viorica Ursuleac, who often sang under him, became his second wife.

Krauss made relatively few recordings; but his amiable, spirited 1950 Decca rendition of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, with the Vienna Philharmonic and State Opera star soloists (not including any of the dialogue; only the second complete recording after a pre-World-War-I acoustical 78 set made in Berlin), is still regarded by many as the best, most authentic and most "gemütlich." His 1953 live performance of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle from Bayreuth is highly regarded. A performance with the Vienna Symphony of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, reissued on more than one inexpensive label since its original appearance on a Vox LP, is also one of the few recordings featuring pianist Friedrich Wührer. All three have been reissued on compact disc.

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Clemens Krauss

Clemens Krauss

Clemens Heinrich Krauss (31 March 1893 – 16 May 1954) was an Austrian conductor and opera impresario, particularly associated with the music of Richard Strauss.

Krauss was born in Vienna out of wedlock to Clementine Krauss, then a 15-year-old dancer in the Vienna Imperial Opera Ballet, later a leading actress and operetta singer, niece of the prominent nineteenth-century operatic soprano Gabrielle Krauss. His natural father, Chevalie...

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BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas 1-32
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto Nos. 1-5
BEETHOVEN Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Recorded 1950-1958


Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor
Karl Böhm,
conductor
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, conductor

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Recorded in 1952 and 1950
Total duration: 61:45

Wilhelm Backhaus,
piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor
Karl Böhm,
conductor

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5
Recorded in 1951 and 1953
Total duration: 70:11

Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor

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R. STRAUSS Salome
R. STRAUSS
Aus Italien

Live and studio recordings · 1951 & 1953
Total duration: 2hr 19:29

Inge Borkh (Salome)
Irmgard Barth (Herodias)
Hans Hotter (Jokanaan)
Max Lorenz (Herod)
Lorenz Fehenberger (Narraboth)

Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

Joseph Keilberth, conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss, conductor 
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Music by JOSEF and JOHANN STRAUSS

Recorded 1951-53
Total duration: 48:18

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Clemens Krauss 

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STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
STRAUSS
 Don Juan
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Recorded in 1950
Total duration: 63:41

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor
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R. STRAUSS Adriadne auf Naxos

Recorded in 1935
Duration 79:35

Soloists
Orchester des Reichssenders Berlin
Clemens Krauss,
conductor