Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra/Don Juan/Der Rosenkavalier Suite - Maazel/Previn
KHCD-2012-084DL (STEREO) - Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel; Der Rosenkavalier, Suite Op. 59; Don Juan, Op. 20 - London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn - Perhaps the most beautifully recorded "Also" at the time (1962) and certainly giving the legendary 1954 RCA Chicago SO/Reiner some competition. Lucious playing by the Philharmonia, coupled with warm EMI sonics makes this a satisfying performance, however one feels about the work itself. RCA also lavished the LSO with wonderful recordings during their "love affair " with André Previn; the two Strauss selections here are no exceptions. "Don Juan" has the bonus of eight French horns playing the main theme; very thrilling, and must have been a blast to witness! Terrific demo-quality sound, from a seldom-played RCA new logo (1970) label, thick platter LP; Dynagroove ® is listed on the record sleeve, but not on the then-new RCA red with white lettering labels.