While Richard Strauss' epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra was based on the writings of Nietsche, it has also become associated with a new beginning, as well as man's technological and intellectual achievements. Conducting this masterpiece is Andre Previn at the helm of the legendary Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. With its huge arching melodies, progressive harmonies and massive, colorful orchestrations, this work requires a virtuoso orchestra and a conductor with a passion for the music of the late-romantic period. The Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Previn, is the perfect combination. Also included on this ground-breaking recording is Strauss' Death and Transfiguration. As a musical depiction of a dying man's final moments, it offers an emotional contrast to the future-looking Also sprach Zarathustra. Both masterworks are performed beautifully by the Vienna Philharmonic, an orchestra which performed these works under Strauss' own baton.