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Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie / Haitink

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This outstanding interpretation, visionary and noble, is backed by a recording which concentrates not on brilliant highlights but on a fully balanced and rounded sound quality to do justice to the superb playing of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The luxuriant and beautifully flexible strings, with their rich tone in all sections, sound as natural as at a live performance, while brass and woodwind are equally faithfully captured by the microphones. The oboe solo in "On the summit", with its powerfully significant pauses, is not only magnificently played but is phrased with immaculate musicianship."-Gramophone

"Haitink's account ... is a splendid affair, a very natural-sounding recording and strongly characterised throughout. The perspective is excellent, and there is plenty of atmosphere, particularly in the episode of the calm before the storm. Above all, the architecture of the work as a whole is impressively laid out and the orchestral playing is magnificent. This can hold its own with the best." -Penguin Guide

"Quite simply the finest performance I have encountered" - Gramophone

American Record Guide
The orcherstra had an absolutely glowing string section, vibrant brass, and lovely winds... the Concertgebouw has really kept a traditional and unique sound over the years. In an age where a lot of the orchestras... are beginning to sound the same, it's nice to hear a distinct and beautiful sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (01/1985).


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>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911-15.
  • Running Time: 43 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1915