The Essential Richard Strauss
CAT # 80428-25
DISC ONE 1. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20 18:06 2. Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35 (Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character) 41:26 DISC TWO 1. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 34:57 2. Strauss: Tod und Verklarung, Op. 24 26:41 DISC THREE 1. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 (An Alpine Symphony) 48:19 DISC FOUR 1. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 A Hero's Life 46:14 2. Strauss: Four Last Songs: Fruhling 3:34 3. Strauss: Four Last Songs: September 4:40 4. Strauss: Four Last Songs: Beim Schlafengehen 5:31 5. Strauss: Four Last Songs: Im Abendrot 8:17
This four CD set in special gold embossed packaging offers many of the favorite tone poems of Richard Strauss including: Don Juan, Don Quixote, Also sprach Zarathustra, Death and Transfiguration, Ein Alpensinfonie, Ein Heldenleben and also includes the Four Last Songs with soprano Arleen Auger. These recordings by the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Andre Previn, received international praise when they were released separately between the years of 1988 and 1991.
The power and intensity of the Vienna Philharmonic in the opening passage of Also sprach Zarathustra cannot be matched. Previn and the orchestra vividly portray nature in all its splendor in the Alpensinfonie. Whether its the passion in Don Juan, the poetic style of Don Quixote, the angst and reconcilation of Death and Transfiguration or the wit of Ein Heldenleben, Previn and the Vienna Philharmonic capture every bit of the magic of Strauss.
The Four Last Songs are taken from the 1989 recording by the late Arleen Auger. These profound masterpieces are beautifully interpreted by one of our century's greatest sopranos.
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