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Reiner: R. Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra (rec. 1962) - RCA LSC-2609

$8.00 USD


Jacket VG- / LP EX

This fine LP from RCA (LSC-2609, US pressing, shaded dog label, stereo) features Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra second recording of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30, set down in the warm acoustics of Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on 30 April 1962. Over 50 years on, Reiner and the CSO’s performance remains a landmark in the Strauss discography – truly stunning!


Wrote the wonderful author and critic David Hurwitz for ClassicsToday:

As we all know, Reiner recorded Don Juan and Also sprach Zarathustra twice, and in both cases his later versions are better played and better recorded.”


And wrote the eminent critic David Nice for BBC Music Magazine:

...Another later release, the 1962 Zarathustra, suggests greater spaciousness and dignity than its predecessor [Reiner's 1954 Zarathustra] due partly to the freed-up string sound, partly to Reiner’s broader tempi.”


Incidentally, the striking cover art reproduces C. MacNelly’s painting of a detail from Auguste Rodin’s bronze “The Burghers of Calais”. There are informative liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.


The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD-. There is shelfwear and edgewear, more so at corners. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not perfectly silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. If you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.



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