Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss From Also sprach Zarathustra

Orchestral magnificence in Strauss’ renowned tone poem.

The introduction to Richard Strauss’ monumental orchestral work Also Sprach Zarathustra is a highly famous piece of classical music, comparable only to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

The music is based on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book Also Sprach Zarathustra – Thus Spoke Zarathustra – which is a dense and layered essay on philosophy, humanity and morals. Strauss’ music is used by conductor Stanley Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but in the 1970s it was also used to open many of Elvis Presley’s concerts. 

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This excerpt of music is from episode 4 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.

  • The music

  • Richard Strauss Introduction and Von den Hinterweltlern from Also sprach Zarathustra op 30
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tobias Ringborg conductor

About the video

  • Published online 29 August 2023.
  • The video is approximately 5 minutes.
  • A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 4.

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss From Also sprach Zarathustra

Orchestral magnificence in Strauss’ renowned tone poem.

About the video

  • Published online 29 August 2023.
  • The video is approximately 5 minutes.
  • A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 4.

The introduction to Richard Strauss’ monumental orchestral work Also Sprach Zarathustra is a highly famous piece of classical music, comparable only to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

The music is based on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book Also Sprach Zarathustra – Thus Spoke Zarathustra – which is a dense and layered essay on philosophy, humanity and morals. Strauss’ music is used by conductor Stanley Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but in the 1970s it was also used to open many of Elvis Presley’s concerts. 

***

This excerpt of music is from episode 4 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.

  • The music

  • Richard Strauss Introduction and Von den Hinterweltlern from Also sprach Zarathustra op 30
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tobias Ringborg conductor

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Tod und Verklärung

The story of the death of an artist. Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ majestic symphonic poem, Tod und Verklärung.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Ravel La valse

Maurice Ravel’s ingenious, dramatic and humorous La valse is a tribute to the waltz and to Johan Strauss II. In this concert video, we experience the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for the left hand

Mägi, Ravel and Rachmaninoff – with French conductor Lionel Bringuier and Russian piano soloist Denis Kozhukhin.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocal music

Vier letzte Lieder

Soprano Christina Nilsson is the soloist in Richard Strauss’ wonderful Vier letzte Lieder. The concert opens with Unsuk Chin’s Frontispiece fast-forwarding through history, with Conductor Laureate Alan Gilbert.