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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Tod und Verklarung
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I like the late Previn very much. He really matured as a conductor of the German-Austrian repertory. Quite honestly, I do not know of performances I prefer to these of Previn. The RPO on the Brahms is very good indeed. And who does not know of the excellent Vienna Philharmonic for the Strauss performances? Go and get these performances without fearing they might be shallow. They are anything but. They are first rate. Get'em! I learned to appreciate Previn far more widely after hearing them. And they are budget priced!
The fanfare from Thus Spaka Zarathustr is probably the single most famous music by Strauss, ever since it became the intro for 2001 The Space Oddysey, and that segment alone is what I consider to be the highlight of the album. Brilliant brass, thunderous timpani (some other recordings of the timpani solo sounded more round and fat; this one is more sharp and full of intensity), and at the climax, the trumpets, as triumphant as they should be, really pierces the air.
It's worth a listen for any Richard Strauss fan.
P.S. - Strauss' Alpine Symphony under the same conductor, orchestra, and label, was a bit pale; you gotta get Karajan's performance on that piece.
My only gripe is that there are only two tracks, one each for Also... and Tod...
BTW, this is the best disc for testing speakers. If you have a woofer speaker that you suspect of having a bad foam edge, play the first 10 seconds of Also through it and it will give you a steady buzz if it's bad.
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I love it and have listened to it over and over again. I really should stop listening to it for a while, in case I get tired of it! I am not a music critic. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alma Fox
04-14-21014 TYhis Telarc CD featuring the tone poems Also Sprach Zarathustra and Tod und Verklarlung represent two opposite natures of the v om[oser Ric haRD STRAUSS, HIS BIG,... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by NUC MED TECH
you know this piece from the movie 2001, Space Odyssey, and here it is, in its entirety, with all the majesty left intact. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This music has always been my favorite since the first time I heard it. I was aboard a friend's sail boat, in the middle of a
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I owned this recording for years and admired it. Then, for some reason I cannot recall, I gave it away - really quite dumb because the previous reviewer's encomium for its sonic... Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Ralph Moore