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Holst: Planets; Strauss: Also aprach Zarathustra / Steinberg

Release Date: 05/08/2001 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 463627   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstRichard Strauss
Performer:  Joseph Silverstein
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

William Steinberg's Zarathustra always has been a personal favorite. Deutsche Grammophon never gave it much support because of excellent versions by Böhm and Karajan already in its catalog, but the Boston Symphony frankly outplays its Berlin counterpart, particularly in the brass and percussion departments, and Steinberg's Dionysian assault on the score never has been surpassed. He whips up the Dance Song in the second half to a truly Nietzschean frenzy. Every performance sounds a bit tame after this, and unlike so many other versions, he never gives the impression that it's all down hill after the famous opening. If you love this work, than you simply must hear this recording.

As to The Planets, Steinberg's
Read more reading has rightly become a classic. His fast tempos and thrilling rhythmic grip approach the composer's own, but of course they make a much greater impact than Holst's thanks to stereo sound. "Mars", in particular, has both menace and real physical excitement, while once again the playing of the Boston Symphony combines poetry and polish with tremendous virtuosity. Sonically these performances always have sounded a bit bright on top and light in the bass, and the remastering hasn't changed that. Still, you won't find more powerful, pulse-pounding performances of either work anywhere, and having them together on a single CD offers excellent value. Now why not release Steinberg's equally excellent BSO Hindemith Mathis der Maler and Concert Music for Strings and Brass? [3/30/2001]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 45 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Joseph Silverstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1971 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 29 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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