Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Ein Heldenleben John Weicher
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- Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30:
- 2Of the People of the Unseen World03:10
- 3Of the Great Longing01:44
- 4Of Joys and Passions01:50
- 5The Song of the Grave02:15
- 6Of Science and Learning04:00
- 7The Convalescent05:00
- 8The Dance Song07:36
- 9Song of the Night Wanderer04:40
- Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40:
- 10The Hero04:16
- 11The Hero's Adversaries03:04
- 12The Hero's Companion11:57
- 13The Hero's Battlefield08:45
- 14The Hero's Works of Peace04:39
- 15The Hero's Retreat from the World and Fulfillment10:54
Info for Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Ein Heldenleben
Among the first Living Stereo recordings ever made, these historic recordings are the first Living Stereo sessions for Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the legendary Fritz Reiner. These landmark performances document the start of the legendary partnership of Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
„This recording was the hi-fi demo disc of the 1950s. On CD, it still sounds pretty incredible; an achievement as remarkable technically as it is musically. And what playing! Fritz Reiner sadistically enjoyed driving his players to despair. There's a famous story about principal trumpeter Adolph (Bud) Herseth, who played his tricky little fanfare at the beginning of the second half of Zarathustra so perfectly so many times that even Reiner finally gave up. Most critics and Strauss lovers consider Reiner's performance of A Hero's Life to be the best ever committed to disc, and I'd be the last one to disagree. This is one of those recordings where everything just went right.“ (David Hurwitz, ClassicToday.com)
John Weicher, violin (on tracks 10-15)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded: Orchestra Hall, Chichago, 1954
Engineered by Leslie Chase
Produced by John Pfeiffer
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