Notes & Reviews:
Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Under Daniel Harding, clarity is the watch-word...Harding's princely-sounding [oboist] Philippe Tondre falls on the ear with seductive grace.
The Guardian, 15th May 2014
While the string tone could use a bit more depth and sheen, the playing...is exceptional. Harding paces the huge structure with great care, too; it is obvious from the measured way that he builds up the opening section that his view of the work is going to be less about pictorial impressions and more about presenting an authentic symphonic argument.
The Times, 28th February 2014
Barring some overly shiny string tone, the orchestra founded by Seiji Ozawa climbs Strauss's mountain with precision, suave colours, and decent taste...this Alpine Symphony, in lustrous sound, certainly displays Strauss's skills as an orchestrator. I only wish Harding had helped the composer by bringing a bigger pot of glue.