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Work: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30

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ComposerStrauss, Richard (1864-1949)
PeriodRomantic
Year1896
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonInfinity and beyond

© Benjamin Ealovega
Strauss R., Mendelssohn, Adams
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; London Philharmonic Choir

StockholmDausgaard conducts Beethoven and Strauss

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Howell, Beethoven, Strauss R.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Eric Lu

MadridSzymanowski, Strauss

Szymanowski, Strauss
Szymanowski, Strauss R.
Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE; Pablo González; Yeol Eum Son

AmsterdamEmmanuel Tjeknavorian and Kian Soltani: Brahms' Double Concerto

© Matteo Juventino
Larcher, Brahms, Strauss R.
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Markus Poschner; Emmanuel Tjeknavorian; Kian Soltani

MadridSinfónico 19

Sinfónico 19
Díaz de la Fuente, Chopin, Strauss R.
Orquesta Nacional de España; Álvaro Albiach; Jan Lisiecki
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Søndergård and the RSNO in dramatic Strauss and life-affirming Mahler

Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan

Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO on top form in Strauss’ dramatic Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Mahler’s life affirming Das Lied von der Erde.

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Expanded Puts song cycle scores well for NSO

Gianandrea Noseda © Scott Suchman
Kevin Puts’ expanded work on Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Steiglitz provides another triumph for Renée Fleming and the NSO, while two Strauss works demonstrate both its artistic re-emergence and work left to do.
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Giltburg triumphs in Beethoven 4 with Stutzmann and RTÉ NSO

Boris Giltburg © Sasha Gusov
Giltburg's playing was like liquid silver pouring out of the Steinway.
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Prom 19: From dawn to death with Thomas Dausgaard and the BBCSSO

Thomas Dausgaard © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra fills the Royal Albert Hall, while Schumann’s piano concerto is followed by MacMillan’s masterpiece The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
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Nature versus humanity with the Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare © BGE Rafael Payare
Reaching the climax of his exploration of Shostakovich’s “war symphonies”, Rafael Payare and the Ulster Orchestra pit Strauss’ epic tone-poem against the colossal “Leningrad” Symphony.
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