Music: Obscure Bits and Greatest Hits

From Strauss to Schumann, surprise and reassurance

Summer is almost over and the fall concert season draws near; music is in the air. Here are six discs of orchestral and pianistic showpieces to ease the transition and whet the appetite.

STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Macbeth (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, conductor; Deutsche Grammophon). Who could have predicted that a tone poem based on Friedrich Nietzsche's notions of the death of God, the will to power and the rise of a superman would become one of symphonic literature's greatest hits? Yet long before Director Stanley...

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