Also Sprach Zarathustra

London Symphony Orchestra & François-Xavier Roth - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Debussy: Jeux (2023) [24/192]

London Symphony Orchestra & François-Xavier Roth - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Debussy: Jeux (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 49:34 minutes | 1,63 GB
Classical | Label: LSO Live, Official Digital Download

Opening with its famous ‘Sunrise’ fanfare, there is no mistaking Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. A bold, intrepid tone poem, famously used by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it explores mankind’s place in the universe, diving headfirst into themes of religion, science and individuality.
Berliner Philharmoniker & Gustavo Dudamel - R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2013/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Gustavo Dudamel - R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2013/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:32 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

A truly breathtaking new recording from, quite simply, the most exciting and gifted young conductor of our times.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Mariss Jansons - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176 (Live) (2020) [24/48]

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Mariss Jansons - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176 (Live) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 34:40 minutes | 360 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

It was as an obedient pupil of his father, the celebrated horn player Franz Strauss, that Richard Strauss began his musical career – entirely in the spirit of the classics and early Romantics, with proven forms and traditional genres. Strauss senior loathed Richard Wagner’s monstrous music dramas as well as the achievements of the “New German School” around Franz Liszt, with its avant-garde tone poems and extra-musical programmes. As Richard grew up, he shared his father’s views unquestioningly – but then found a mentor in Hans von Bülow, who, of all people, had once worked together very closely with Wagner. In 1885, Bülow engaged the 21-year-old Strauss as conductor of the Meiningen Court Orchestra. Its concert master, the radical Wagnerian Alexander Ritter, took the young man under his wing and acquainted him with the blessings of “progressive music” – with the result that Richard Strauss soon began composing symphonic poems himself.
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2023) [24/192]

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2023) [24/192]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 32:36 minutes | 1,0 GB
Classical | Studio Master, Official Digital Download

Vladimir Jurowski has been the Chief conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2017. He has since extended his contract until 2027. At the same time, he has been General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2021.
National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain, Edward Gardner - Holst: The Planets; Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2017) [24-96]

National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain, Edward Gardner - Holst: The Planets; Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:41 minutes | 1.31 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

For its very first album on Chandos, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain devotes its characteristic energy and musical mastery to an explosive programme that transcends daily life and earthly experience. It is helped by the enthusiastic, encouraging, and experienced baton of Edward Gardner as well as by the sumptuous yet detailed acoustic of Symphony Hall, Birmingham, all fully revealed in this surround-sound recording.
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Mahler: Totenfeier (2017) [24/96]

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Mahler: Totenfeier (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:42 minutes | 1.04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin excel in these new recordings of Richard Strauss’s electrifying Also Sprach Zarathustra and Mahler’s Totenfeier, to coincide with the Russian maestro taking up office as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the orchestra.
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Zdenek Kosler - R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Salome's Dance (1988/2014) [24/44]

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Zdenek Kosler - R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Salome's Dance (1988/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 55:07 minutes | 508 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra), a tone poem after Friedrich Nietzsche, was written in 1896, during the period Strauss spent as conductor at the opera in his native city of Munich. It is based on the rhapsodic expression of Nietzsche's highly personal philosophy; Strauss makes use of an unusually large orchestra, deployed in the most varied way. In this recording, the orchestra shows a high degree of brilliance.
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Metamorphosen (2020)

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Metamorphosen (2020)
FLAC (Tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Official Digital Download | Time: 00:58:56
Classical/Orchestral | Label: RCA / Sony | Artwork Included | ~ 1.24 Gb

Järvi’s version of Zarathustra strikes me as one of the finest ever, a recording to stand alongside those of Reiner, Karajan and Previn. The performance of the opening ‘Sunrise’ makes such an impact that I initially wondered whether the rest of the piece might sound anticlimactic in comparison, but Järvi sustains the intensity through to the end…. The eloquence of the orchestra’s strings also makes a strong impression in Metamorphosen…
Herbert von Karajan - Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel (1974/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Herbert von Karajan - Strauss- Also sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel (1974/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 79:05 minutes | 1,4 GB
Classical | Studio Master, Official Digital Download

"… the sound is sumptuous, wide-ranging and Karajan's control of the work masterly … this is arguably the library choice …"
Herman Krebbers - Strauss- Also sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben (2006/2023) [Official Digital Download]

Herman Krebbers - Strauss- Also sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben (2006/2023) [Official Digital Download]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 01:21:24 minutes | 836 MB
Classical | Studio Master, Official Digital Download

For many years, the concerto recordings made by Herman Krebbers were staples of the Philips LP catalogue.