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|1. Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 - Boston SO/Steinberg|
|2. The Planets Op. 32 - Boston SO/Steinberg|
Steinberg's tenure at the helm of the Boston Symphony was cut short by illness, but his relatively slim catalogue of recordings with the orchestra produced several important examples of his art, boasting truly fine interpretations and spectacular playing. These orchestral showpieces by Strauss and Holst were long overdue for reissue. Steinberg's fast tempos make the Strauss work zip by; it's as if he takes it in one big gulp, creating as exciting a performance as you're likely to hear. The Holst also gets the "let's keep it moving" treatment to good effect, though a more measured pace for the opening movement, "Mars," would bring a greater sense of menace. As on many DGs recorded around 1970-1971, the engineering is bright and bass-shy, but it's clear and detailed, too. --Dan Davis
I would like to concur with the other reviewers here regarding this disc of Holst and Strauss. It is rightly issued as a legendary recording in my opinion and the Holst is perhaps... Read morePublished on May 18 2002 by J. Buxton
Steinberg definately made some recordings for the ages when he recorded these two orchestral giants several decades ago. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001 by Ryan Ross