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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

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>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

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>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
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Notes & Reviews:

LSO Live is thrilled to welcome Bernard Haitink back for his first recording with the London Symphony Orchestra since their internationally acclaimed Beethoven cycle in 2006. In his massive Eine Alpensinfonie, Strauss recounts an attempt to conquer the summit of an Alpine mountain. He infuses the score with numerous instrumental colors and rich combinations of sounds, evoking the images and events that take place on the trek. It was to be one of his final large-scale orchestral works and shows the last great German Romantic composer at the pinnacle of his art.

In his massive Eine Alpensinfonie, Strauss recounts an attempt to conquer the summit of an Alpine mountain. He infuses the score with numerous instrumental colors and rich combinations of sounds, evoking the images and events that take place on this trek. LSO Live is thrilled to welcome Bernard Haitink back for his first recording since their internationally acclaimed Beethoven cycle in 2006.

The Telegraph
Haitink draws out lucid instrumental detail from Strauss's complex combinations of timbres, establishing apt colours in the summoning of atmosphere... his natural feel for the music's fluctuating pulse lends this momentous journey an ineluctable sense of purpose, direction and exhilaration.

BBC Music Magazine
There are so many good recordings of the Alpine Symphony on the market now, but this has moments that are as fine as any, and arguably the noblest overall shape of all.

Sunday Times
This live recording of Strauss's Nietzschean masterpiece [... ] is thrilling in that simultaneously visceral and intellectual way that marks out Strauss. Haitink's account [... ] has immense grandeur.

Gramophone Magazine
No-one has quite Haitink's sense of the piece as a rational symphonic argument... The performance gathers strength and intensity as it proceeds... Admirers should not hesitate to acquire an archetypal example of Haitink's unobtrusive podium manner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (06/08/2008/06/10/2008).



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>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Notes: Barbican, London (06/08/2008/06/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1915
  • Studio/Live: Live