Richard Strauss

The composer Richard Strauss, born on June 11th 1864 in Munich, was one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. While his early works were couched in traditional classic forms and genres, in...  more

"Also sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spake Zarathustra), Opus 30

Anyone hearing the beginning of "Also sprach Zarathustra" ("Thus Spake Zarathustra") today has to contend with all kinds of associations, ranging from the elevation of the planetarium projector over Stanley KubrickĀ“s film "2001 - A Space Odyssey" all...

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Intermission

Anton Bruckner

Opinions once varied on the music of Anton Bruckner (born on September 4, 1824 in Ansfelden, near Linz), who ranks amongst the great symphonists after Beethoven. While one faction regarded him as a destroyer of traditions, the other side ecstatically...  more

Symphony No. 9 in D minor

 

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more