Also Sprach Zarathustra (2017)

Strauss, Mahler

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Vladimir Jurowski

 

The idea to record Richard Strauss came to us during the editing of the recording of Alfred Schnittke’s Third Symphony, which the RSB and I have recorded for PENTATONE. I said that having heard the Schnittke in such a brilliantly multi-dimensional way, I would like to hear some pieces of the main repertoire recorded the same way. The first one which came to my mind was “Also sprach Zarathustra”: it is the kind of “spectral analysis” of the sound that I heard in our Schnittke recording that is needed for today’s perception of “Zarathustra”, which in a way launches the whole idea of 20th century music (though technically this piece was written in the 19th century).
We then needed to find companion pieces for the album, Zarathustra being the “main dish” and the others more like a starter or a dessert. So, I thought of Mahler’s “Totenfeier”: written as a separate work, it has a duration of about 25 minutes and tackles comparable questions of life and death.
It is meant for a smaller orchestra than “Zarathustra” and stylistically it still owes a lot to Mahler’s teacher Bruckner. I find it very interesting to compare the later version of “Totenfeier”, which is now the first movement of Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony”, and the early version of it, which we have recorded. In many ways, the “Totenfeier” is less accomplished for sure, but far more honest and genuine. The other companion piece is the earliest surviving orchestral composition by Mahler — his Adagio, written while he was studying with Bruckner.

Vladimir Jurowski

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Vladimir Jurowski

Born in Moscow as a son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed the first part of his musical studies in his native town at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany where he continued his studies at High Schools of Music in Dresden and in Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The same year saw his brilliant debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Nabucco.

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Also Sprach Zarathustra (2017)

Strauss, Mahler

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:Jean Marie Geijsen
Producer:Job Maarse
Recording Engineer:Jean Marie Geijsen, Karel Bruggeman
Recording location:Haus des Rundfunks, RBB Berlin
Recording Software:Merging
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Also sprach Zarathustra op. 30
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Totenfeier
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Sinfonisches Präludium für Orchester
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