BBC Music Magazine has named Thomas Dausgaard and Seattle Symphony’s R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Scriabin: Symphony No. 4 release to its “Best Classical Albums of 2021 So Far” list.
“Any conventional idea that there needs to be a long gap between Also sprach Zarathustra and The Poem of Ecstasy was banished by the actuality – Strauss’s unresolved conflict between C and B major seems to find its next step in Scriabin’s post-Tristan-esque opening chord. And if the constant yearning of the later work is weakened by adherence to sonata form and the limitations of a few thematic shapes – Zarathustra is more constantly shape-shifting – there are enough correspondences for fascination. I hadn’t noticed the downward pizzicatos in Strauss’s Grave Song, echoed in the Scriabin. And the trumpet work in both is superlatively good. …All the swoops and chirrups of the Dance-Song, the best I know (concertmaster Noah Geller, I presume, is the soloist here). … Dausgaard…knows when to go slow and spacious here, when to drive to thrilling climaxes. His booklet notes are excellent, too.”