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Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Holst: The Planets

William Steinberg

Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Holst: The Planets

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UNI016 (Deutsche Grammophon)
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Einleitung

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Einleitung

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
02:00 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von den Hinterweltlern

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von den Hinterweltlern

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
03:16 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von der groben Sehnsucht

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von der groben Sehnsucht

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
01:42 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
01:56 Play
5
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Grablied

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Grablied

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
01:57 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von der Wissenschaft

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Von der Wissenschaft

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:13 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Der Genesende

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Der Genesende

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:39 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Tanzlied - Das Nachtlied

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Tanzlied - Das Nachtlied

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
06:34 Play
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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Nachtwandlerlied

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30: Das Nachtwandlerlied

Composer Richard Strauss
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
03:38 Play
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The Planets, op.32: i) Mars, the Bringer of War

The Planets, op.32: i) Mars, the Bringer of War

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
06:37 Play
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The Planets, op.32: ii) Venus, the Bringer of Peace

The Planets, op.32: ii) Venus, the Bringer of Peace

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
07:25 Play
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The Planets, op.32: iii) Mercury, the Winged Messenger

The Planets, op.32: iii) Mercury, the Winged Messenger

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
03:59 Play
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The Planets, op.32: iv) Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

The Planets, op.32: iv) Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
08:01 Play
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The Planets, op.32: v) Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

The Planets, op.32: v) Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
07:45 Play
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The Planets, op.32: vi) Uranus, the Magician

The Planets, op.32: vi) Uranus, the Magician

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
05:24 Play
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The Planets, op.32: vii) Neptune, the Mystic

The Planets, op.32: vii) Neptune, the Mystic

Composer Gustav Holst
Conductor William Steinberg
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra / New England Conservatory Chorus
06:47 Play
Total Running Time 76 minutes
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'Steinberg creates great excitement in "Jupiter" and elsewhere, and his orchestra is on its toes throughout.' Classic FM Record Review

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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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William Steinberg

William Steinberg

Hans Wilhelm Steinberg (1899 - 1978) was a German-American conductor. He was noted throughout his career for his straightforward yet expressive musical style, leading familiar works with integrity and authority such that they sounded fresh and vital.
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'The Planets and Also sprach Zarathustra make an interesting combination because both are metaphysical works, yet the Holst is popular and the Strauss is bookish. Among British writers, Steinberg's "Mars, the Bringer of War" usually gets hit for being too fast to suggest the brute foolishness of war, but in truth, the unusually brisk tempo is effective in its own right. "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity," is another highlight, with English gravitas traded in for a more universal brotherhood. The women of the New England Conservatory Chorus score a major triumph of their own in "Neptune, the Mystic." Never have the wordless vocal lines been so ethereal and beautifully impersonal; it is like listening to a synthesizer, and I intend that as a compliment. In the Strauss, Steinberg is unfailingly muscular, and he has little patience for Strauss's pretensions, which perhaps is all for the best. The Bostonians play gloriously (as they do in the Holst), and this recording of Also sprach Zarathustra is first-class in every way, including the engineering.' ClassicalNet.com

'William Steinberg led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for just 4 years, from 1968 to 1972. He was soon to retire, but the Boston Symphony was at its best. This recording dates from 1970-71 and is definitely his showpiece. Even now, every time I listen to his recording of Mars, the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. It is a genuinely scary rendition. Yet his Venus is tender, and Jupiter inspiring and grand. While a touch on the fast side compared to British recordings, this is the best version of The Planets I know of. Certainly the version to own. Very generously coupled with Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra), made famous by Stanley Kubrick's use of its dramatic opening in 2001, A Space Odyssey . Based on the writings of Friedrich Nietzche, it is a musical representation of a philosopher undergoing a journey through life and thought. Two musical masterpieces, linked by metaphysics, and the wonderful performances by the Boston Symphony and William Steinberg. Even Holst would have been proud, I think.' GoodMusicGuide.com 

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