||RICHARD STRAUSS - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Don Juan - Till Eulenspiegel -
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons (Conductor) - 4011790878126 - Released: June 2014 - Orfeo C878141A|
Shame on the recording engineers at Orfeo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for trying to destroy our
loudspeakers. Believe me when I say that I've heard many great recordings of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss,
and more often than not have found its brilliant and towering introduction unsatisfying and unworthy of the philosophical concept behind the music. This new
recording, on the other hand, is the first one to really give my sound system a serious workout. Stanley Kubrick, who enabled the name 'Richard Strauss' to become
socially pervasive by using this intro in his famous film '2001: A Space Odyssey', knew that this music meant to portray nature in its cosmic proportions, and it sounds to me
as if that is what conductor Andris Nelsons was shooting for in this performance.