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Richard Strauss: 'Tone Poems, Vol. 3' - Aus Italien; Also sprach Zarathustra / S.W.R. Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg; François-Xavier Roth, conductor

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Also Sprach Zarathustra
>Strauss, Richard : Aus Italien, symphonic fantasy, Op. 16 (TrV 147)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With "Aus Italien" Richard Strauss began his decisive journey into the musical form that would come to define his orchestral output, the tone poem, sketched while on a tour of Italy suggested to the young composer by Brahms, Strauss' mastery is already evident. François-Xavier Roth couples this work on his third volume of the complete Strauss tone poems with the monumental "Also sprach Zarathustra" - inspired by Nietzsche's book philosophic prosepoem. Two great works presented in fiery performances in honor of the Richard Strauss sesquicentennial.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Roth ladles on vitality and belief [in Aus Italien], shaping and phrasing with wholehearted spontaneity...the pleasure here lies in the elegance and energy of the performance...But that energy is channelled to far greater purpose in a quite splendid account of what by comparison is an unqualified masterpiece - Also sprach Zarathustra...It feels totally, philosophically, organic...This must be one of the most satisfying Zarathustras around.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
The unobtrusive star of the show is the Freiburg Concert Hall recording, so spacious and natural. Apart from an occasional lack of warmth in the strings, the orchestra sounds first-rate. Roth knows how to mould the crucial climaxes without hitting too hard and letting the brass underline richer textures without dominating.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Zarathustra is wonderful here. I have to admit that it's a very exciting recording, beautifully played and with beautiful sound. Aus Italien is slower than many other recordings. And I think it's better for being slower. He made me listen more closely, and he made me respect the piece more. He probably helps Strauss put this across; that's not easy, but it is what the conductor is supposed to do. He's right on Strauss's wavelength in this whole program. I need to have this in my collection.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus Freiburg.



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>Strauss, Richard : Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Performer: Jermolaj Albiker (Violin)
  • Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
  • Ensemble: S.W.R. Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (09/04/2013-09/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1896

>Strauss, Richard : Aus Italien, symphonic fantasy, Op. 16 (TrV 147)
  • Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (02/17/2014-02/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886