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Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Till Eulenspiegels / Don Juan / Salome (DG The Originals) + Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen, Vier letzte Lieder (DG The Originals) + R Strauss: Heldenleben/Wagner: Siegfried Idyll  (DG The Originals)
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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GQT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von den HinterweltlernBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von der großen SehnsuchtBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von den Freuden und LeidenschaftenBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Das GrabliedBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Von der WissenschaftBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Der GenesendeBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Das Tanzlied - Das NachtliedBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan and Michel Schwalbé 7:59£1.09  Buy MP3 
  9. R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 - Das NachtwandlerliedBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche), Op.28Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan15:30Album Only
11. R. Strauss: Don Juan, Op.20Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan18:03Album Only
12. R. Strauss: Salome, Op.54 / Scene 4 - Salome's Dance Of The Seven VeilsBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan10:09Album Only

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Herbert von Karajan was a Strauss specialist, and if ever composer and conductor were united in musical philosophy, then these two were. Both favoured making a beautiful, creamy, homogenised sound over just about all else, and von Karajan clearly relished the opportunities this music offered for playing that combined both tonal opulence and virtuosity. His Zarathustra (aka 2001: A Space Odyssey) is, along with Fritz Reiner's, probably among the two or three best performances preserved on disc, and von Karajan is nearly flawless on the other works as well. More good news: DG has given him warm, rich sound that is much better than their Berlin average. An essential Strauss collection. --David Hurwitz

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Henk van Rensburg on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Thirty years later, there still hasn't been a better sounding "Zarathustra". There have been more analytical recordings (including Karajan 1984), and higher-fidelity, but the beauty of the sounds that emerge from the speakers transcends any technical considerations. (It is earphone-safe too, with no peaking or distortion.) More importantly, the music ebbs and flows naturally, like the thoughts of a great mind: Karajan was a Strauss master, and so, it seems, was every member of the Berlin Philharmonic. (Special praise to the concert master, Michel Schwalbé, who delivers the Tanzlied with admirable purity of tone and Viennese Schwung and yes, a sense of ecstasy.) This is exhilarating stuff, whether you want to commune with the spirit of Nietzsche, or revel in orchestral virtuosity, or watch galaxies form.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By ch0pper on 11 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this recording when it first appeared on vinyl. At the time, provided that you had a decent quality turntable, cartridge and tone arm, connected to a decent amplifier and speakers, it was utterly enthralling. The recording is incredibly rich and the full detail of the orchestra can be clearly discerned.
What was, for me, uncanny, was the reverbaration and echo in the recording hall that was clear on the disc. The dynamic range was huge, yet the detail was amazing.
The transfer to CD is a masterpiece. It has lost none of the presence and immediacy of the vinyl recording and there is reduced 'background noise'.
This is the 'Also sprach' to buy. You owe it to your neighbours to play it loudly and let them enjoy this stunning recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Brown on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have had the LP in my collection for near enough 30 years. However in terms of getting the emotion from an old analogue vinyl round thing the CD from the same label does not quite cut it. I suppose for old fashioned vinyl junkies like me the CD is still lacking in something. Maybe I should buy the equivalent CD player to my aged LP12 turntable! The organ in the infamous opening track is just not that clear.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ONOFRE MOREIRA on 12 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
SUPERB PERFORMANCE and BRILLIANT RECORDING ! This CD is not a Karajan Gold... but a KARAJAN PLATINUM. VERY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED !

Despite the encomiastic excellence, authority and clearness of "Gramophone", I don't agree, at times, with theirs reviews. But I entirely agree with the "Gramophone"'s Reviewer - alluding, "in brief", to the Tone Poem "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (1973 version: 'DG, The Originals') - when he writes ["The Gramophone Classical Music Guide" - 2008, p. 1029]: "Arguably the most imposing of Karajan's three recordings. An interpretation of tremendous stature and aplomb; fabulous playing from the Berliners who have a uniquely dense sound when they play the music of Richard Strauss under Karajan".

And, when compares the 1973 and the 1983 ('DG, Karajan Gold') versions,
the "Gramophone"'s Reviewer writes ("Op. cit.", page 1030): "The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on the both sets is as glourious as
ever (...) and in Strauss Karajan have no peer. As a recording 1983 disc
is very good indeed. The famous opening as greater intensity in the 1973
version, and you may prefer its marginaly greater warmth and glow of the strings". [...].
"To sum up, Karajan's classic 1973 account holds sway".

I fully subscribe these reviews.

But the CD also embrace the astonishing and marvellous Tone Poems "Don Juan" and "Till Eulenspiegel Lustige Streiche", a clear first choice in both works, extremely well played, and the bonus of the splendid, stimulant and exciting "Salome"'s "Dance of Seven Veils" ("Tanz der Sieben Schleier").
In a word: A disc generously full (79' of running time) and of greater quality.

And, to conclude, for the ones who enjoy the good appearance of a disc (or a box set), I emphasize the beautiful (and appropriate) NASA's Cover Photo
of the CD's booklet.

ONOFRE MOREIRA (PORTUGAL)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The opening organ chord lasts eighteen seconds on this 1973 recording of Also Sprach Karajan. I prefer the 1984 version (also reviewed on Amazon), to which I give the full five stars. Here, the timpani are more to the fore, the sound is loftier, more stately, but not lush. One often feels in a trance as the music hangs in the air, for example at the end of the measured descent at the end of the `Song of the Grave' - and of course at the music's very end.

The performance is more restrained (if that is possible) with a greater contrast in volumes. The Midnight Bell chimes suitably loud but is less resonant than in 1984, more of a clang than a reverberative dong.

But if you simply must have Karajan (and why not? In the sleeve notes Richard Osborne rightly declares that "no one has played `Also ...' with more lustrous sound"), the benefit of this earlier disc over the latter is that it also comes with a `Till Eulenspiegel' that is very much alive; fine brass-playing in the Wagnerian `Don Juan' (but which also appears on the 1984 disc); and the rarely-heard, exotic, almost Ravelian `Dance of the Seven Veils'. You pays your money and takes your choice.
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