"Like many of his contemporaries, the young Richard Strauss was enthralled with Wagner; indeed, a number of his compositions reveal an intent on Strauss' part to re-create the spirit of the older composer's works. However, as evidenced by his adoption of Friedrich Nietzsche's Also sprach Zarathustra as the subject of a tone poem, Strauss' music soon took on a distinct identity. By this time, Nietzsche had become the most vocal and articulate critic of Wagner's philosophy and art. By aligning his artistic vision with that of Nietzsche, Strauss forever removed himself from the camp of "true" Wagnerians." - AMG.
-----A TAS Super Disc List Recording-----
The record is Exc+.
The jacket is Exc+.
The LP plays/sounds Mint.
Absolutely stunning. This recording is about as close to the sound of a live Orchestra as you can get. There is no hyped equalization or over-miking or compression evident at all. You loose yourself in the Music and the sound - and that's what it's all about. Bass is deep, well defined and powerful. Mids are warm and lush. Treble is open and transparent. The soundstage is immense. A fantastic listening experience.
Very little surface noise - mostly low-level random 'ticks'.
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