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Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony / Welser-Most

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  1. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Nacht I $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Sonnenaufgang $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Der Anstieg $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Eintritt in den Wald $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Wanderung neben dem Bache $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Am Wasserfall $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Erscheinung $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf blumigen Wiesen $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf der Alm $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf dem Gletscher $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Gefahrvolle Augenblicke $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf dem Gipfel $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Vision $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Nebel steigen auf $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Elégie $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Stille vor dem Sturm $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Sonnenuntergang $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Ausklang $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Strauss — Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233: Nacht II $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Strauss — Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a, 4 Symphonic Interludes: I. Reisefieber und Walzerszene $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Strauss — Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a, 4 Symphonic Interludes: II. Träumerei am Kamin $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Strauss — Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a, 4 Symphonic Interludes: III. Am Spieltisch $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Strauss — Intermezzo, Op. 72, TrV 246a, 4 Symphonic Interludes: IV. Fröhlicher Beschluss $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
>Strauss, Richard : Vier symphonische Zwischenspiele aus Intermezzo, op. 72
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For the Strauss year of 2014, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - under the baton of Franz Welser-Moest, a popular guest conductor of the orchestra for 25 years now - presents a selection of works focusing on the two most important genres in the oeuvre of Richard Strauss: the symphonic poem and the opera. These are represented by his "Alpine Symphony" as well as the four symphonic interludes from his 1924 opera "Intermezzo". The lightweight and entertaining music of this "bourgeois comedy" contrasts starkly with the poetic and powerfully sonorous symphonic treatment given to its four interludes. These were transferred by Strauss from the opera to the concert hall, where they are still firmly established today. For Richard Strauss, writing poetry in tones was a central artistic credo. What Beethoven, Berlioz and Liszt had begun was perfected in the Munich-born composer's great tone poems: "Don Juan", "Till Eulenspiegel", "Thus Spake Zarathustra", and his final work of symphonic programme music "An Alpine Symphony", completed in 1915. In this work, which is a summit in the musical depiction of nature in its own right, Strauss sends the listener on a tour through the mountains and has him experience pastures, waterfalls, undergrowth, glaciers, the elation of reaching the summit, and also a thunderstorm. Beneath the surface, however, the "Alpine Symphony", which Strauss originally entitled "The Antichrist", has several echoes of Beethoven and Wagner and - especially in the sections entitled Night, Vision and Elegy - leads us subtly into philosophically charged soundscapes intended to convey "moral purification through one's own strength" and also "worship of eternal and magnificent nature."

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This recording can be an enjoyable supplement to your Alpine collection, especially if you want one with back-of-the-hall sound. My favorites include Rudolf Kempe's two (especially the EMI from Dresden. I like the first Mehta with Los Angeles, one of several very good Strauss recordings he made there. The sound of that one on LP is stunning. Solti is even faster than Welser-Most, and he doesn't slow down after the storm. The Bavarian Radio Symphony plays as well as it did for Welser-Most, maybe even better. The sound on my LP is fabulous and much closer than for Welser-Most. If you want fast, Welser-Most is very good. The delightful Interludes from Strauss's chatty opera, Intermezzo are from the same palette that produced Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella. The performances are fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: München, Herkulessaal der Residenz.



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>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: München, Herkulessaal der Residenz (04/09/2010-04/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1915
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Vier symphonische Zwischenspiele aus Intermezzo, op. 72 :: 1. Reisefieber und Walzerszene
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Notes: Composition written: 1918-23.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918-1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Vier symphonische Zwischenspiele aus Intermezzo, op. 72 :: 2. Tráumerei am Kamin
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Notes: Composition written: 1918-23.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918-1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Vier symphonische Zwischenspiele aus Intermezzo, op. 72 :: 3. Am Spieltisch
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Notes: Composition written: 1918-23.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918-1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Vier symphonische Zwischenspiele aus Intermezzo, op. 72 :: 4. Fröhlicher Beschluss
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Notes: Composition written: 1918-23.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918-1923
  • Studio/Live: Live