Andre Previn -《理查．史特劳斯；查拉图斯特拉如是说、死与变容 》(Richard Strauss:Also Sprach Zarathustra & Tod und Verklarung)[APE]
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Composer: Richard  Strauss
Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performances of the best Strauss tone poems. October 28, 2002
By D. R. Schryer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
Also Sprach Zarathustra and Death and Transfiguration are, in my opinion, the most beautiful of Strauss' tone poems. Zarathustra is probably the best known of the Strauss tone poems because its opening bars were used in the movie 2001 a Space Odyssey. But there is much more to Zarathustra than its glorious opening bars; it is a masterpiece from beginning to end. Death and Transfiguration, the second work on this CD, is on a par with Zarathustra. This is an ideal coupling of the two most beautiful and magnificent Strauss tone poems. And Andre Previn and the great Vienna Philharmonic give them outstanding performances. I bought this CD at its original full price and feel that I got my money's worth. At its current bargain price this CD is an outstanding value.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE SPRACH AND EVEN FINER TOD January 14, 2010
By Tony L. Engleton CNMT
This cd is almost the ultimate dream box! Andre Previn, Richard Strauss, THE Vienna Philharmonic and Telarc Records. What could be better? More of the same. You have your wish. Four cd's in all, including an utterly stunning Alpesinfonie, a very good Don Juan an interesting Don Quiote and a decent, though a bit under sung Four Last Songs. (For a real slice of heaven, consider Lucia Popp and the eloquent Klauss Tennstedt on EMI). All with the gorgeously rich acoustics one expects from the fine folks at Telarc First the Sprach. Not my favorite Strauss poem, it is, none the less, a wonderful example of the dynamic contrasts one hears in Romantic music, in the hands of a master orchestrator. The lightning quick technical control of the Vienna musicians are more than up to the challenge in this deceptively difficult work, and provide real insight into the sound world of Neitschean Strauss, if there really is such a thing. The opening, made so famous by Stanley Kubrick, is as spectacular as any I've heard in over 35 years of listening. But, it is Previn's introspection that carries the day. Beautifully phrased and nuanced, it has a haunting beauty and stature about it. Now, the Tod. One of my oldest companions, this work lead off the first Chicago Symphony Orchestra program I attended back in 1972. Needless to say, the sound of live muted strings at the begining is a memory I shall carry with me forever. Once again, the dynamic contrasts are so skillfully managed by the wonderful players, I was near speechless when I listened to this performance for the first time a few years ago. Is there, I thought, any better approach then Previn's? I think not, but time will tell. Example----the last of three thunderous waves of pain through the long diminuendo to the plucked chord heard clear and touchingly on the harps. The timings are roughly ffrom 8:43 to 9:18. What fabulous and inspired execution! And, we're not even close to the "transfiguration" theme yet. That, my friends, cannot be described by this poor voice. Get on line, or get in your car or on your horse to the nearest record store and buy this great recording! Don't deprive yourself of one of the true joys in the miracle that is RECORDED classical music. Would Strauss be pleased, I think so.
1. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176)
2. Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 24 (TrV 158)