Strauss : Also Sprach Zarathustra

Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 1806

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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    Richard Strauss (1864-1949) : Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spake Zarathustra)

    Recorded in 1954

    Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 is a tone poem Richard Strauss composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel of the same name. The composer conducted its first performance on November 27, 1896 in Frankfurt. A typical performance lasts half an hour. The work has been part of the classical repertoire since its first performance in 1896. The initial fanfare – entitled "Sunrise" in the composer's program notes – became particularly well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Recorded directly to 2-track analog by Jack Pfeiffer, the original session tapes were used in mastering for this LP in the Analogue Productions reissue series. Among the very first Living Stereo recordings ever made, these landmark performances document the start of the legendary partnership of Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.

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