It was indeed and this was the one I bought as long ago as February 1971 - my first ever Strauss disc and one of my very earliest classical records. I see from my heaving shelves that I have Karajan (1959, 1973, live 1964, live 1979), Reiner, Tennstedt, Haitink, Kempe & Solti (CSO, BPO). Karajan 1973 is usually taken as the benchmark in this piece and very fine it is too except, perhaps, for the digital remastering on the Galleria release. Is the 'Originals' issue any better? In my view, none of these recordings manage to capture the overwhelming grandeur of those first 40 seconds. As for the rest of the work, I appear to be a minority view in finding it a satisfying musical experience. Intriguing ending in two different keys as well.
Originally Posted by Eine Alpensinfonie
If i has to choose one it would be Karajan 1973.
“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis