Ancient Egypt, Zoroastrianism, Friedrich Nietzsche, the idea of eternal return—all are aswirl in Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). Adding to the philosophical discourse is Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, Philosopher, which so elegantly seems to ask and answer questions. Susanna Mälkki conducts. —L.J.
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