Today, September 13, Deutsche Grammophon releases internationally Gustavo Dudamel’s debut album with the Berliner Philharmoniker, a live recording of Strauss’s mighty Also Sprach Zarathustra, the sonorous epic which will be forever associated with Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, alongside the tone poems Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, both significant landmarks in Strauss’s development as a master of orchestral texture and form.
was captured live during concerts beginning 2012/13 and continues the longest-running partnership in recorded music history. In 2013 Deutsche Grammophon and Berlin Philharmonic celebrate an incredible 100 years of working together.
“Performing Zarathustra with the Berlin Philharmonic has been an honor, first and foremost, as well as an amazing and unique challenge,” says Gustavo. “Because as soon as you think of Zarathustra, you think of the Berlin Philharmonic, and of Karajan – there’s a direct relationship between them. I think we’ve achieved something very special in our live recording, which I see as a key moment in my life – one of those peaks you dream of, something you might think was an impossible dream, but which then comes true.”
Zarathustra, for Gustavo, is about nothing less than “the power we all have inside ourselves, to dream and make our dreams come true. For me personally it’s a kind of metaphor, a utopia.”
The release of Zarathustra this fall also begins the Yellow Label’s campaign to mark the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth in 2014.