Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

by Franz Welser-Möst

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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

Richard Strauss' 1915 tone poem, "Eine Alpensinfonie," is a dramatic musical depiction of hiking in the Alps, an activity that inspired the composer throughout his life and gave him a subject equal to his magnificent orchestration and themes. Yet this is also a philosophical work, inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, and it bears some striking similarities in its brooding meditations and spectacular climaxes to Strauss' 1896 masterpiece, "Also sprach Zarathustra." The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, plays with expanded forces in this live recording, and the sound of the orchestra is impressively opulent, with full textures, rich colors, and remarkable spaciousness. This vibrant performance is somewhat constrained by the limitations of the standard stereo CD, and BR Klassik would have had an unqualified success on its hands if the recording had been presented in multichannel sound on SACD. Still, this is an excellent performance that really communicates the essence of Strauss' late Romantic music, and with proper adjustment of the volume levels, almost everything can be heard clearly.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Br Klassiks
UPC: 4035719001242
catalogNumber: 900124

Tracks

  1. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233)

    1. Nacht  (03:02)
    2. Sonnenaufgang  (01:13)
    3. Der Anstieg  (02:23)
    4. Eintritt in den Wald  (04:48)
    5. Wanderung neben dem Bache  (00:43)
    6. Am Wasserfall  (00:14)
    7. Erscheinung  (00:45)
    8. Auf blumige Wiesen  (00:54)
    9. Auf der Alm  (02:05)
    10. Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen  (01:28)
    11. Auf dem Gletscher  (00:58)
    12. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke  (01:22)
    13. Auf dem Gipfel  (03:50)
    14. Vision  (02:52)
    15. Nebel steigen auf  (00:17)
    16. Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich  (00:43)
    17. Elegie  (01:39)
    18. Stille vor dem Sturm  (02:22)
    19. Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg  (03:47)
    20. Sonnenuntergang  (02:26)
    21. Ausklang  (06:14)
    22. Nacht  (02:20)
  2. Intermezzo, opera, Op. 72 (TrV 246): 1. Reisefieber und Walzerszene

    1. 1. Reisefieber und Walzerszene  (09:14)
  3. Intermezzo, opera, Op. 72 (TrV 246): 2. Tráumerei am Kamin

    1. 2. Tráumerei am Kamin  (06:45)
  4. Intermezzo, opera, Op. 72 (TrV 246): 3. Am Spieltisch

    1. 3. Am Spieltisch  (03:35)
  5. Intermezzo, opera, Op. 72 (TrV 246): 4. Fröhlicher Beschluss

    1. 4. Fröhlicher Beschluss  (02:31)

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