Richard Strauss - Burleske, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes (APE)
Richard Strauss - Burleske, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes (APE)

Performer: Byron Janis
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Composer: Richard Strauss
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: RCA
Size: 305 MB
Recovery: +3%
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# Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)
Composed by Richard Strauss
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
with Byron Janis
Conducted by Fritz Reiner

# Der Rosenkavalier, waltz sequence for orchestra No. 1, o.Op. 139 (from Acts 1 & 2 of opera) (TrV 227c, AV 139)
Composed by Richard Strauss
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner

# Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176)
Composed by Richard Strauss
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner

01. Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)
02. Der Rosenkavalier, waltz sequence for orchestra No. 1, o.Op. 139 (from Acts 1 & 2 of opera) (TrV 227c, AV 139)
03. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Introduction
04. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Of the inhabitants of the unseen world
05. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Of the great longing
06. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Of joys and passions
07. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Dirge
08. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Of science
09. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): The convalescent
10. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Dance Song and Night Song
11. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Night Wanderer’s Song

The Burleske is very well played while the 1962 Zarathustra is sublime.

Reiner’s 1962 Zarathustra was my first recording of this piece. To my 14-year-old ears, it was a mind-boggling example of the singular power and beauty of what 20th century music could be. Even though everybody else who knew this piece and Reiner’s way with it preferred the 1954, the earlier recording has always struck me as too driven and unruly. By 1962, Reiner took full advantage of the opportunity to surpass himself- according to people who knew him, he regarded this as the greatest challenge of all and delivered what might be the best performance now available. For a hard-won balance of poetry, intensity, and the kind of clarity that truly raises goose bumps, buy it. Meanwhile the Burleske is, as stated above, very well played but, to my ears, a rather superficial display piece.

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