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R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan / Thomas


Release Date: 07/16/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 45970   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The LSO plays both works in virtuoso manner. Zarathustra is in many ways the most 'abstract' of the tone-poems and I have elsewhere suggested that it could easily be regarded as Strauss's concerto for orchestra. The writing for divided strings never fails to bewitch ears attuned to this composer and the velvety quality of the playing here is exceptional, as are the solo contributions by clarinet, horn and cor anglais. Not even Karajan (DG) makes the trombones marcatissimo contribution in the Joys and Passions section so startling.

The playing and recording of the start of the Science fugue are successful. Some other recent recordings are virtually inaudible at this point unless one turns up the volume to its highest... The Don
Read more Juan is a good performance, but tends to indulge the slow music rather as Muti does in his Philips recording... But there are two superb moments in this LSO recording—the marvellous playing of the oboe solo and Tilson Thomas's perfect blending of flutes and strings in the passage immediately after the love scene (track 12, starting at 9'49").

-- Gramophone [9/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
2.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 

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