Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Reiner (CD)

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Discs: 1
Record Label: RCA
Release Date:
February 1, 1993

“One of the secrets of Reiner’s greatness as a Strauss interpreter was that he could convey a full measure of weight, power and grandeur without making any of it seem vulgar or overblown . . . the performance still packs a tremendous wallop.” — Chicago Tribune

Also sprach Zarathustra was Fritz Reiner’s first recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, selected to demonstrate the quality of the virtuosic Chicago musicians. This recording also marked the first stereo recording of the CSO and one of the earliest commercially available stereo recordings ever produced. This classic recording has stood the test of time, with audio quality as clear and precise as recordings made today.


Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
1954, Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Op. 40
1954, Orchestra Hall, Chicago