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Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony / Edo de Waart

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

A modern, stylistically flexible symphony orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic demonstrates an artistic flair that allows for a variety of styles - from classical to contemporary - in a historically authentic manner. Chief Conductor Edo de Waart is responsible for the orchestra's main repertoire. Drawing on his vast experience as former Chief Conductor of the Netherlands RPO, San Francisco Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, he contributes to the unique character of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic is proud to present its recordings in three high-quality series, each with its distinct character: A-List brings you the great masterpieces, interpreted by renowned conductors, Belgian Boutique focuses on major pieces from the Belgian orchestral repertoire, and Cutting Edge introduces contemporary orchestral music by Belgian and foreign composers. This first CD in the A-List series is a live recording of Richard Strauss' majestic Alpine Symphony. Strauss' final large-scale symphonic poem is immensely spectacular and haunting. This grandiose orchestral piece was performed and recorded live in May 2011. It was Edo de Waart's first performance with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic since the announcement of his appointment as Chief Conductor; the recording is therefore a highly symbolic opener for the orchestra's new label!

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
This recording shocked me. It undoubtedly shows the orchestra in the best possible light, musically and sonically. If I haven't already made it clear, the organ, for once, plays the critical role that it should in Strauss's vast instrumental design for An Alpine Symphony. My principal quibble about the sound is that it would benefit from more high-end presence. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic does not possess the last word in overwhelming power, virtuosity, or inherent beauty that come easily with those A-list Strauss orchestras, so it is all the more to its credit that this performance rivals any of them. This is a live recording, but the audience doesn't make a sound until well after the work is completely finished.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp (05/14/2010-05/15/2010).


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>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Ensemble: Royal Flemish Philharmonic
  • Notes: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp (05/14/2010-05/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1915
  • Studio/Live: Live