R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra / Karajan

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RICHARD STRAUSS

Also sprach Zarathustra

Till Eulenspiegel

Don Juan

Tanz der sieben Schleier
aus/from »Salome«

(Aufnahmen/Recordings: 1972-1973)
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan
Int. Release 14 Jul. 1995
1 CD / Download
0289 447 4412 5 CD ADD GOR
The Originals


Lista de temas

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Michel Schwalbé, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Salome, Op.54

Scene 4

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tiempo total de reproducción 1:18:47

. . . ["Also sprach Zarathustra"]: the sound is sumptuous, wide-ranging, and Karajan's control of the work masterly . . . This is arguably the library choice . . .

He defies gravity and refuses to be unseated. Karajan's 1973 version [of "Also sprach Zarathustra"] is definitive in a way that few recordings are: a seamless meeting of minds between composer and conductor . . . The basic mood music is sombre, objectified, and an externalised beauty springs from Karajan's detachment. His obsession with detail -- making literal what many conductors approximate -- is clear from the first bar, where Strauss's low-end bass instruments are blended into a perfect sonic infusion, the bass drum roll somehow 'inside' the sustained tones of the other instruments. Karajan takes the introduction at a spacious and unhurried tempo and makes devastatingly creative use of Strauss's dynamics . . . The controlled resonant echo of the recorded acoustic fits the orchestral sound like a particularly elegantly tailored glove . . . Karajan's strings never swoon and don't decorate the air; during "Das Grablied" the rising first violins seemingly glide from out of the body of the orchestra, their softness cutting through the ensemble with considerable robustness . . . Karajan's control over the internal structural tempo relationships never falters. In terms of sheer conductor/composer empathy, this remains one of the most perfectly conceived and executed documents ever committed to disc.

. . . everything came right. The basic mood music is sombre, objectified, and an externalised beauty springs from Karajan's detachment. His obsession with detail -- making literal what many conductors approximate -- is clear from the first bar . . . The controlled resonant echo of the recorded acoustic fits the orchestral sound like a particularly elegantly tailored glove . . . Karajan's strings never swoon and don't decorate the air; during "Das Grablied" ("The song of the grave") the rising first violins seemingly glide from out of the body of the orchestra, their softness cutting through the ensemble with considerable robustness. When lead violinist Michel Schwalbé begins to waltz, Karajan indulges in atom-splitting rubato and unearths another mislaid detail: a little harmonic "glissando" from another solo violin helps Schwalbé fly. Karajan's control over the internal structural tempo relationships never falters. In terms of sheer conductor/composer empathy, this remains one of the most perfectly conceived and executed documents ever committed to disc.

Herbert von Karajan -- Berliner Philharmoniker -- Deutsche Grammophon: Dies sind drei Begriffe, hinter denen sich jeweils eine traditionsreiche und qualitativ hochwertige "Marke" verbirgt und die in ihrer Konstellation mehr als die Summe ihrer Teile ist . . . eine musikalische Meisterleistung . . . Die 1974 aufgenomme Tondichtung "Also sprach Zarathustra" zeichnet sich durch Präzision im Detail vor allem in dynamischen Abstufungen der einzelnen Instrumente im Stimmengeflecht und der musikalischen Phrasen durch agogische Souveränität aus. Dieser hieraus sich entwickelnde Klang wirkt sehr klar geformt und durchdacht; man gewinnt den Eindruck, dass zu jeder Zeit für die musikalischen und somit interpretatorischen Probleme eine Gesamtlösung gefunden wurde . . . [diese] Aufnahme, insbesondere auch durch die in ihrem lyrischen Ton überzeugende Partie der Solo-Violine in der Besetzung mit Michel Schwalbé, bietet ein vollendetes Musikerlebnis.