Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie (2010)

Strauss

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink

In 1900 Strauss wrote to his parents with news of his latest inspiration for a symphonic poem, ‘which would begin with a sunrise in Switzerland. Otherwise so far only the idea (love tragedy of an artist) and a few themes exist’. Two years later he constructed an outline plan for a four-part symphony, its opening movement almost certainly coloured by the composer’s boyhood experience of a mountaineering expedition in which he and his companions had become lost and caught in a fierce storm: ‘Night; sunrise / ascent; forest (hunt) / waterfall (Alpine sprite)/ flowery meadows (shepherds) / glacier/ thunderstorm/ descent and rest’.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Bernard Haitink

With an international conducting career that has spanned more than five decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of today’s most celebrated conductors. Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010, Bernard Haitink has also held posts as music director of the Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

Bernard Haitink has recorded widely with the Concertgebouw, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording highly acclaimed cycles of Brahms and Beethoven symphonies with the LSO for LSO Live. He was awarded a Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2004 for Janá?ek’s Jenufa with the Royal Opera, and for Best Orchestral Performance of 2008 for Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie (2010)

Strauss

London Symphony Orchestra

    Cinegay

Because Richard Strauss' Eine Alpensinfonie heavily depends on its atmospheric orchestration for its secure place in the repertoire, it seems a terrific candidate for showing off the capabilities of Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the benefits of state-of-the-art recording technology… Haitink and the LSO give the piece a resounding performance that is breathtaking in the DSD multichannel recording, and this SACD's sound is wonderfully clear and spacious, two qualities that are essential for understanding Strauss' complicated yet transparent orchestration… Brilliant live recording, and Haitink and the LSO have added another lustrous recording to their illustrious series of SACDs.

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    Daily Telegraph -

He [Haitink] penetrates to the core of the musical substance and views the Alpine Symphony as a coherent structure rather than a random sequence ... The orchestra rises magnificently to the challenge of this climax, but the impact is all the more thrilling and awe-inspiring through having been so shrewdly approached via the pastures, undergrowth and glaciers of the preceding scenes. Haitink draws out lucid instrumental detail from Strauss’s complex combinations of timbres, establishing apt colours in the summoning of atmosphere, dramatically so in the storm and with subtle perception throughout. Equally, his natural feel for the music’s fluctuating pulse lends this momentous journey an ineluctable sense of purpose, direction and exhilaration.

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    Classics Today France -

Artistique 10 Technique 10

    BBC Music Magazine

The mountain looming through the murk at the beginning, and its splendour as the sun hits the peak, are both peerlessly handled by Haitink.

    Classic FM Magazine

While the splendour of the LSO’s playing these days is no surprise, it’s a remarkable phenomenon even so. Haitink’s interpretation allows full scope for grand effects while keeping a tight rein on the works unfolding progress.

    The Times

Mastery is the word. This depiction of a mountain climb achieves the peak of orchestral expertise ... it has immense grandeur.

    Gramophone

Another of those superb LSO Live recordings ... gloriously atmospheric 5.1-channel DSD sound ... The finest detail, colour and texture is apparent among the massed forces ... the big, rich bass is just as thrilling as the scintillating resolution in the upper frequencies. The brass, in particular, sounds quite amazing ... no one has quite Haitink’s sense of the piece as a rational symphonic argument ... Admirers should not hesitate to acquire an archetypal example of Haitink’s unobtrusive podium manner. Editor's Choice Disc of the Month

    BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Even among some of the finest and classic recordings this new one has something special about it ... Haitink and the LSO offer us a reading that unfolds with an almost effortless logic … a fine recording. CD of the Week

Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie (2010)

Strauss

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sounds Ltd
Producer: James Maillinson
Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Recording location: Barbican London
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- I. Nacht (Night)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- II. Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- III. Der Anstieg (The ascent)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- IV. Eintritt in den Wald (Entering the forest)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- V. Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brookside)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- VI. Am Wasserfall (At the waterfall)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- VII. Erscheinung (Apparition)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- VIII. Auf blumigen Wiesen (On flowering meadows)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- IX. Auf der Alm (In the mountain pasture)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- X. Durch Dickicht und Gestr?pp auf Irrwegen (On the wrong track through
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XI. Auf dem Gletscher (On the glacier)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XII. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Precarious moments)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XIII. Auf dem Gipfel (On the summit)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XIV. Vision (Vision)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XV. Nebel steigen auf (Rising mists)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XVI. Die Sonne verd?stert sich allm?hlich (The sun gradually dims)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XVII. Elegie (Elegy)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XVIII. Stille vor den Sturm (Calm before the storm)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XIX. Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunderstorm, descent)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XX. Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XXI. Ausklang (Waning tones)
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Strauss- Eine Alpensinfonie- XXII. Nacht (Night)
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