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Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel / Solti, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/17/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452603  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Half a century on from the start of his Decca relationship, and nearly seventy years after his conducting debut, the physical energy of Georg Solti remains cause for awe. You can hardly miss it – often to the authentic accompaniment of podium thumps – in any of these live performances. It’s there in Zarathustra’s tearaway second fugue, screaming E flat clarinet to the fore, and in the strings’ collective cabaret song of a superhuman waltz; it brings alive Elgar’s door-slamming chum Troyte and his organist colleague’s plunging bulldog; and it informs all the faster variations of compatriot Kodály’s heartfelt tribute to ‘The Peacock’ and Blacher’s more self-consciously interesting one to that Paganini caprice. The Till starts with just Read more about the best phrasing of the horn solo ever, but continues less flexibly than Abbado’s recent triumph with the same orchestra.

What’s missing, as it is so often, is an easy sense of line in more expansive moments. Strauss’s poet-philosopher flaps colourfully in mid-air, but never quite takes off in streamlined flight. More seriously, Elgar’s heart and soul never stand a chance until the last two of the introspective variations; and the Vienna strings’ nervy vibrato simply won’t work on broken-backed phrases. In other words, business as usual for Solti; though that still leaves us a great deal to enjoy.

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
2.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
3.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 

Sound Samples

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von den Hinterweltlern
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von der großen Sehnsucht
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Grablied
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von der Wissenschaft
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Der Genesende
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Tanzlied - Das Nachtlied
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Nachtwandlerlied
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche), Op. 28
Salome, Op.54 - Scene 4: Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils

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