Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - C. Ryan Hill
A conductor highly regarded for his early recordings of twentieth century and contemporary Polish composers such as Górecki, Lutoslawski, Kilar, and Szymanowski, Antoni Wit broadened his horizons to include more diverse and nearly mainstream repertoire. Featured on this album is Richard Strauss' monumental "Alpine Symphony." For this release, Naxos has paired Wit with the Weimar Staatskapelle -- an enlightened choice since the venerable master composer was once the chief Kapellmeister in the historically rich German city. Although frequently overshadowed by their colleagues in Berlin, Dresden, and Munich, the Weimar players are nonetheless impressive. They have not only ...
See more details below
CD
$5.99
BN.com price
(Save 40%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $2.78   
  • New (4) from $4.65   
  • Used (1) from $2.77   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - C. Ryan Hill
A conductor highly regarded for his early recordings of twentieth century and contemporary Polish composers such as Górecki, Lutoslawski, Kilar, and Szymanowski, Antoni Wit broadened his horizons to include more diverse and nearly mainstream repertoire. Featured on this album is Richard Strauss' monumental "Alpine Symphony." For this release, Naxos has paired Wit with the Weimar Staatskapelle -- an enlightened choice since the venerable master composer was once the chief Kapellmeister in the historically rich German city. Although frequently overshadowed by their colleagues in Berlin, Dresden, and Munich, the Weimar players are nonetheless impressive. They have not only strong cultural traditions, but impressive technical and artistic capabilities as well -- all of which are prerequisites for any performance of the "Alpine Symphony." Strauss' early tone poem is a work that requires not only technical finesse but also towering heights of endurance. Strauss' lengthy work can quickly -- and easily -- make sauerkraut of any orchestra unprepared for its demands: many of the world's finest orchestras have brutally snowballed down the Alpine's slippery slopes. There is anything but snowballing here, though -- in fact, the talent and promise of the Weimar Staatskapelle to eventually become a world-class orchestra shines through radiantly. What they lack in depth of sound, performance quality, and some unevenness they more than compensate for with a pure dedication and soul. Even when Wit's performance becomes too trudging and labored, as in "Visions" and "Mists Rise," there is a freshness of pace and lyrical shape to Strauss' expansive ideas. The violins are especially impressive throughout their many windy passages: somehow even in the most asphyxiating upper registers they manage to soar, creating some enormous climaxes. Wit seems to be a master at creating large walls of sound with the Weimar players. In fact, there is a consistent, Furtwängler-esque quality of enigma and imprecision -- could it be that the orchestra's recent recordings of Furtwängler's own works on Arte Nova have permanently been etched into their sound? Regardless, while the approach is sometimes refreshing, as during "Sunrise" and "Night," it is at others maddening. Take the "Storm," for instance: would-be drama is whisked away thanks to sogginess surrounding what should be an ultra-short but crisp luftpause. The sound quality from Naxos is good, but not great as it should be in a piece of these dynamic proportions. All things considered, while this version might not compare with Karajan's, Kempe's, or Solti's, you could do far worse -- especially if you are hunting on a budget.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
(Grade: A-) Working with a splendid ensemble, [Wit] turns in a performance that rivals his more celebrated competitors. The conductor knows how to capture the music's glamour without trivializing it.
The Guardian - Tim Ashley
It's a performance of searing intensity, characterised by a sense of danger, as if terrifying forces are continuously about to be unleashed on the listener.... This is a phenomenal recording that ranks alongside the best.

It's a performance of searing intensity, characterised by a sense of danger, as if terrifying forces are continuously about to be unleashed on the listener.... This is a phenomenal recording that ranks alongside the best.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313281121
  • Catalog Number: 8557811
  • Sales rank: 114,649

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Antoni Wit Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a good one!

    Up there with the milestone recording of von Karajan, this is a keeper. Actually, more so: The sound quality distinguishes it from vK's early 80s recording, and the Weimarer Staatskapelle's string section steals the show: Crisp, soft, and edgy as can be - this is a wonderful recording. Maestro Wit, who has already mielestones such as Messian's Turangalila Symphony to his credit, leads a truly great effort by this most venerable of all orchestras. Buy it. There will be no regret.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews