The Philadelphia Orchestra, Emanuel Ax, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Burleske download album
This recording by the Philadelphia Orchestra and their late music director Wolfgang Sawallisch, who passed away on February 22, 2013 in his native Germany, shows why Strauss, who was wont to describe himself as a "first-rate composer of second-rate music" (a gross underestimation), was such an important composer
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra), op. 30 (42 mi. free. The young Richard Strauss wrote his Burleske while serving as Hans von Bülow’s assistant Kapellmeister at the Meiningen court orchestra – his first professional appointment and crucially important in his development as a conductor, though lasting only six months.
The Philadelphia Orchestra. Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. Last played Saturday, June 30 2018 at 11:44 AM. Richard Strauss. Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Cleveland Orchestra. George Szell, conductor. Last played Wednesday, June 27 2018 at 11:51 AM. Divertimento for Small Orchestra after Couperin, Op. 86: Movements I & II. Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Hiroshi Wakasugi, conductor. Last played Sunday, June 17 2018 at 03:00 PM. Don Juan, Op. 20. New York Philharmonic. Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Introduction. Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The album included the following session artists: Composed By. Berliner Philharmoniker.
It was fascinating to hear the slightly kapellmeisterish Sawallisch in Also Sprach Zarathustra, the quintessentially bourgeois Strauss’s take on Nietzsche’s weird ruminations on the meaning of life. The result is outstanding, both interpretively and sonically, as Sawallisch completely avoids the blowzy schlockfest this work can become in the wrong hands. Nor does he attempt to achieve a more Hollywood effect by interfering with the duration of the opening chords. The Heldenleben is another superb achievement.
As a boy he was fortunate enough to have possibility to witness the rehearsals of the Court Orchestra, and Richard also received some music instruction in spheres of composition and theory from the conductor’s assistant there. In 1874 he heard the operas of Wagner for the first time. These were Siegfried, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser.
In September 1990, Wolfgang Sawallisch was appointed Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He officially took up the position at the start of the 1993-1994 season and spent 15 weeks of each year with the orchestra. Wolfgang Sawallisch was also a gifted pianist and gave recitals with many of the leading instrumentalists and singers of his time, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. His discography on EMI Classics includes a disc of orchestral music by Wagner and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and oboe concerto, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan and Burleske both with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He recorded J. Brahms’ Double Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann, Heinrich Schiff and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and, as pianist, Schubert's Winterreise with the baritone Thomas Hampson (August 1997).
Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra deliver a rousing Also sprach Zarathustra, an exciting Don Juan, an amusing Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, and a monumental Ein Heldenleben using the composer's alternative conclusion. The Philadelphians play with their accustomed blend of blazing virtuosity and burnished elegance, and Sawallisch leads them with a steady hand and a clear head. Ranked against recordings by such masterful Strauss conductors as Böhm and Karajan, though, Sawallisch's are more middling than top-of-the-mountain performances.
|Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30|
|2||Of The Backworldsmen||3:37|
|3||Of The Great Longing||2:00|
|4||Of Joys And Passions||2:10|
|8||The Dance-Song/The Night-Wanderer's Song||11:42|
|10||Don Juan Op. 20||16:41|
- Composed By – Richard Strauss
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 724355636423
- Label Code: LC6646