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ClassicsOnline Home » STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) (An Alpine Symphony) (Weimar Staatskapelle, Wit)
Pretty darn good!
One fact reported in some reviews of this CD was that it is the slowest performance of "An Alpine Symphony". I'm not sure if this is true, but this is an eccentric performance, far more relaxed than most. That's mostly a good thing: we get to hear all sorts of detail, and the 'Nacht' movements at the beginning and end are perfection itself.
Although the booklet says there are thunder and wind machines used during the 'Storm', you can't hear them.
Notable moments: the entry of the organ (in 'Glacier', not 'Summit', as the booklet accidentally says), the impossibly creepy calm before the storm, and the last few seconds. Also, check out the part in the first few minutes when you can hear the 'Sunrise theme' foreshadowed - one of many interesting small details audible in this performance.
A little warning: it would be foolish to buy single tracks. There are no pauses in this work, so purchasing the whole album is the only way to go. You won't regret it, though. This is one of Richard Strauss' greatest works, so rich and beautiful it often sounds like it could be the best movie soundtrack ever written (but alas, it's not from a movie). An excellent performance by reliably good conductor Antoni Wit, and good sound. Recommended.more....
By Jean-Yves Duperron
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