- Sinfonia Domestica for orchestra, Op. 53 (TrV 209)
- Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 28 (TrV 171)
- Macbeth, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 23 (TrV 163)
- Don Quixote, fantastic variations for cello & orchestra, Op. 35 (TrV 184)
- Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176)
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Previously released in 1996, this 2004 Chandos Classics reissue of Richard Strauss' symphonic poems is a compilation of superb recordings Neeme Järvi made with the Scottish National Orchestra between 1986 and 1988. Second in the series of the complete tone poems, this double disc presents four beloved works -- "Sinfonia Domestica," Till Eulenspiegel's "Merry Pranks," "Don Quixote," and "Also Sprach Zarathustra" -- as well as one obscure, less-loved piece, "Macbeth." The four popular works were composed at the height of Strauss' creativity, and each is endowed with sophisticated orchestration, astounding melodic invention, and equal measures of subtlety and bravado. If "Macbeth" is the least enjoyable of the set, for its dark tone and fairly stiff, abstruse retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy, there is more than enough brilliance and color in the other works to compensate for it. But give this underdog a hearing, because inferior Strauss is still fascinating stuff, and "Macbeth" may still entertain with its bombastic vulgarity and odd flights of Romantic fancy. Järvi and the SNO are consistently terrific throughout this album, and they hold nothing back in their intense performances. Audiophiles will revel in the excellent sound, which is often glorious in its resonance and power, and newcomers will recognize great value for the midline price.