Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30
- Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op 28 (15:04)
- Salome's Dance, for orchestra (from the opera, "Dance of the Seven Veils") (TrV 215a) (09:14)
- Don Juan, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 20 (17:05)
Herbert von Karajan and Richard Strauss are a winning combination -- both men reveled in the sonic grandeur of a mammoth symphony orchestra. Karajan recorded most of Strauss's tone poems several times; these Decca sessions with the Vienna Philharmonic come from 1959 and 1960 and represent the conductor's mid-career thoughts. Although he had already committed "Till Eulenspiegel" and "Don Juan" to record previously with different orchestras, this was his first recording of "Also sprach Zarathustra" -- and it's the version Stanley Kubrick chose to use in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Karajan's later recording of these same four works with the Berlin Philharmonic have been reissued by Deutsche Grammophon, but this Decca collection is competitive, reaching its high point with a voluptuously vibrant performance of the "Dance of the Seven Veils" from Salome.