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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Strauss / Seattle Symphony / Schwarz
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571215   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is “as good a performance and interpretation—and technical recording—of Also sprach Zarathustra as one would expect to find” (Gramophone). Inspired and inspiring, Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra is one of a series of tone poems which pushed the form to its limits. The famous opening introduces a musical interpretation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise, taking Zarathustra on a complex search through human aspirations. Based on an incident in Strauss’s own life, the suite from Intermezzo distills domestic strife and misunderstanding into four jocular vignettes. This is “as good a performance and interpretation—and technical recording—of Also sprach Zarathustra as one would expect to find” (Gramophone). Inspired and inspiring, Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra is one of a series of tone poems which pushed the form to its limits. The famous opening introduces a musical interpretation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise, taking Zarathustra on a complex search through human aspirations. Based on an incident in Strauss’s own life, the suite from Intermezzo distills domestic strife and misunderstanding into four jocular vignettes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1987 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 35 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Intermezzo, Op. 72: Symphonic Interludes (4) by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918-1923; Germany 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 24 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Einleitung
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Von den Hinterweltlern
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Von der grossen Sehnsucht
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Das Grablied
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Von der Wissenschaft
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Der Genesende
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Das Tanzlied
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Das Nachtlied
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176: Nachtwandlerlied
Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a: 4 Symphonic Interludes: I. Reisefieber und Walzerszene
Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a: 4 Symphonic Interludes: II. Traumerei am Kamin
Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a: 4 Symphonic Interludes: III. Am Spieltisch
Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a: 4 Symphonic Interludes: IV. Frohlicher Beschluss

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