Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Ein Heldenleben

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1 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Sunrise 1:31 176/24 Album only
2 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Of the People of the Unseen World 3:09 176/24 Album only
3 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Of the Great Longing 1:45 176/24 Album only
4 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Of Joys and Passions 1:50 176/24 Album only
5 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Dirge 2:15 176/24 Album only
6 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Of Science 4:00 176/24 Album only
7 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: The Convalescent 5:00 176/24 Album only
8 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Dance Song and Night Song 7:36 176/24 Album only
9 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Night Wanderer's Song 4:39 176/24 Album only
10 Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: The Hero 4:24 176/24 Album only
11 Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: The Hero's Adversaries 3:04 176/24 Album only
12 Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: The Hero's Companion 11:57 176/24 Album only
13 Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: The Hero's Battlefield 8:43 176/24 Album only
14 Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: The Hero's Works of Peace 4:39 176/24 Album only
15 Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: The Hero's Retreat from the World and Fulfillment 10:48 176/24 Album only

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℗ Originally Recorded 1954. All rights reserved by BMG Music

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Recorded March 8, 1954)
Ein Heldenleben (Recorded March 6, 1954)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
John Weicher, violin soloist on Ein Heldenleben

Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Producer: John Pfeiffer
Recording Engineer: Leslie Chase
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA

"Sunrise," the opening section of Richard Strauss's tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra marks the dawn of RCA's famed Living Stereo series. Although Strauss's "Ein Heldenleben," the other half of this album, was the first for-release stereo recording by RCA's classical team, Zarathustra was released to the public first. Both works were present in the LP collections of many early stereo fans, and also fans of Fritz Reiner and the legendary Chicago Symphony.

These stereo recordings were produced by a separate team, with the usual RCA engineers and producer concentrating on the commercially-important mono product. John Pfeiffer and Leslie Chase carefully placed two microphones in front and above the orchestra, and fed the signals to an RCA RT-21 quarter-inch 2-track tape recorder running at 30 inches per second. Remastering engineer Mark Donahue used as his source those original first-generation session tapes.

The recording is exquisite, both in terms of technique and musicality. These performances are widely acclaimed as definitive interpretations. Absolutely vital, and a heck of a way to launch stereophonic classical recording at RCA.


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This is one of those recordings where everything just went right.
-- David Hurwitz, Classics Today