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Boston Symphony Orchestra & William Steinberg - Holst: The Planets; Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2018)

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Boston Symphony Orchestra & William Steinberg - Holst: The Planets; Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2018)

Boston Symphony Orchestra & William Steinberg - Holst: The Planets; Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2018)
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Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

William Steinberg’s famous readings of Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Holst’s The Planets newly remastered at 24-bit/192kHz. 1 Blu-ray Audio disc (new quadrophonic remastering) + 1 CD (new stereo remastering) in DigiPack format. These recordings remain mementos of Steinberg’s brief tenure as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director (1969-1972) – cut all too short due to ailing health – and are of the first rank both musically and technically. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first performance of “The Planets”. Includes booklet notes (E, D) on Steinberg and the BSO and an essay on quadrophonic recording.

William Steinberg's Zarathustra always has been a personal favorite. Deutsche Grammophon never gave it much support because of excellent versions by Böhm and Karajan already in its catalog, but the Boston Symphony frankly outplays its Berlin counterpart, particularly in the brass and percussion departments, and Steinberg's Dionysian assault on the score never has been surpassed. He whips up the Dance Song in the second half to a truly Nietzschean frenzy. Every performance sounds a bit tame after this, and unlike so many other versions, he never gives the impression that it's all down hill after the famous opening. If you love this work, than you simply must hear this recording.


As to The Planets, Steinberg's reading has rightly become a classic. His fast tempos and thrilling rhythmic grip approach the composer's own, but of course they make a much greater impact than Holst's thanks to stereo sound. "Mars", in particular, has both menace and real physical excitement, while once again the playing of the Boston Symphony combines poetry and polish with tremendous virtuosity. Sonically these performances always have sounded a bit bright on top and light in the bass, and the remastering hasn't changed that. Still, you won't find more powerful, pulse-pounding performances of either work anywhere, and having them together on a single CD offers excellent value. Now why not release Steinberg's equally excellent BSO Hindemith Mathis der Maler and Concert Music for Strings and Brass? [3/30/2001] –David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday
Tracklist:
01. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 1. Mars, the Bringer of War
02. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
03. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
04. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
05. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
06. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 6. Uranus, the Magician
07. Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 7. Neptune, the Mystic
08. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 1. Einleitung
09. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 2. Von den Hinterweltlern
10. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 3. Von der großen Sehnsucht
11. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 4. Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
12. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 5. Das Grablied
13. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 6. Von der Wissenschaft
14. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 7. Der Genesende
15. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 8. Das Tanzlied
16. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - 9. Nachtwandlerlied


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