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Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Mahler: Totenfeier


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Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin excel in these new recordings of Richard Strauss’s electrifying Also Sprach Zarathustra and Mahler’s Totenfeier, released by PENTATONE to coincide with the Russian maestro taking up office as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the orchestra. Strauss’s bold and passionate tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra is a riveting work, famous for its startlingly atmospheric opening. With a thrilling and florid orchestral score, it’s a work which Jurowski observes “…launches the whole idea of 20th century music. Written in the 19th century, this is one of those pieces which announces the new century to come.” It is paired with Mahler’s no less gripping Totenfeier which is an early version of the first movement of his Symphony No 2 “Resurrection”. “I find very interesting to compare [the two versions] …”, writes Jurowski, “In many ways, the Totenfeier is less accomplished , but far more honest and genuine.” Juxtaposing the Strauss and Mahler works in this way, Jurowski notes “Zarathustra is all about technical brilliance and accomplishment … in the Mahler the surfaces are much less polished, so there is much more aspiration to go into the depth of things.” Jurowski is one of today’s most sought-after conductors, widely praised for his adventurousness and incisive musicianship. He has made several critically acclaimed recordings for PENTATONE, including works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. For his recording with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin of Schnittke’s Symphony No 3, BBC Music Magazine opined “Vladimir Jurowski…delivers an absolutely stunning account that vividly captures the work’s drama and emotional intensity.” “While discussing future projects with PENTATONE,” writes Jurowski “I said that having heard the Schnittke in such a brilliantly multi-dimensional way, I would like to hear a few pieces of the main repertoire recorded like this. The first one that came to mind was Zarathustra.” The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is one of the leading orchestras in Berlin. Under former artistic director and chief conductor Marek Janowski, it has made numerous classic recordings with PENTATONE, including a critically acclaimed cycle of 10 Wagner operas. Upcoming releases on PENTATONE include Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and violin concertos by Britten and Hindemith with Arabella Steinbacher, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
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Item number PTC5186597
Barcode 827949059766
Release date 9/15/2017
Category Orchestral
Label PENTATONE
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Berndt, Tobias
Conductor Jurowski, Vladimir
Orchestra Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Disc: 1
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 17600:10:01
1 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176 00:32:53 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Berndt, Tobias
Totenfeier00:27:00
2 Totenfeier 00:22:49 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Sinfonisches Präludium (Symphonic Prelude) (recons00:09:00
3 Symphonisches Präludium, WAB deest (Attrib. G. Mah 00:08:54 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
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