Strauss, R: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

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Strauss, R: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

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8557811
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1

Release date:

29th May 2006

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54 minutes

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Strauss, R: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64


Staatskapelle Weimar, Antoni Wit

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Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233

Nacht (Night)

Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)

Der Anstieg (The Ascent)

Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood)

Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the Stream)

Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall)

Erscheinung (Apparition)

Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows)

Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)

Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth)

Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)

Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)

Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit)

Vision

Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise)

Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens)

Elegie

Stille vor der Sturm (Calm before the Storm)

Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent)

Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)

Ausklang (Final Sounds)

Nacht (Night)

Gramophone Magazine

“The Weimar Staatskapelle… are a top-class orchestra, with superb strings which sound overwhelmingly, sensuously beautiful.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This is a magnificent record. The Weimar Staatskapelle are rare visitors to disc, but they are a top-class orchestra, with superb strings which sound overwhelmingly, sensuously beautiful in the opening 'Night' and 'Sunrise' sequences.
The warm and spacious acoustic of the Weimarhalle helps; reminiscent of the Lukaskirche in Dresden, where the Staatskapelle there made their famous analogue Strauss recordings under Kempe. This disc is in that same league of excellence.
Indeed, conductor Antoni Wit must take a lion's share of the credit for the success of this mountain-climb.
His tempi are spacious but his pacing is not consistently slow. It is during the vistas that Wit takes his time to overwhelm us with the beauty of what his orchestra are describing, the 'Entry into the Forest', dallying a little 'On the Alpine Pasture' and, most telling of all, the burst of radiance on reaching the summit. Then on the way down there is a storm, thunderously captured, but in the calm before it breaks, Wit creates an almost sinister atmosphere of apprehension.
As Strauss's descent nears its end and the music winds down, Wit manages a wonderful feeling of triste, a consciousness of danger experienced and triumphed over, and in that 'Ausklang' the organ steals in magically.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2006

“This is a magnificent record. It is during the vistas that Wit takes his time to overwhelm us with the beauty of what his orchestra are describing… dallying a little 'On the Alpine Pasture' and, most telling of all, the burst of radiance on reaching the summit. As Strauss's descent nears its end and the music winds down, Wit manages a wonderful feeling of triste, a consciousness of danger experienced and triumphed over, and in that 'Ausklang' the organ steals in magically.”

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