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Strauss - An Alpine Symphony CD


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  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000FGGKHQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Nacht (Night) - 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise) - 1:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Der Anstieg (The Ascent) - 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) - 6:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the Stream) -0:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) -0:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Erscheinung (Apparition) -0:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows) -0:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture) - 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth) - 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier) - 1:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) - 1:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit) - 5:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Vision - 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) -0:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) -0:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Elegie - 2:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Stille vor der Sturm (Calm before the Storm) - 3:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent) - 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Sonnenuntergang (Sunset) - 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Ausklang (Final Sounds) - 6:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233: Nacht (Night) 2:180.79  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hogan on 10 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Alpine Symphony is most definitely one of my favorite pieces of music ever written, so when I listen to a performance of the masterpiece, I can not help but be harsh in my criticisms. From the recordings I have heard, none had impressed me enough to reccommend it, there was always something that I would pick out and criticise. And those recordings included the popular Solti recording, and the far too quickly paced Franz Welser-Möst recording.
But when I sat down to listen to Antoni Wit's recording, I was surprised that I could not find much to criticise at all!

I was amazed to find a recording that actually followed pretty much all the dynamics Strauss marked down in the score. All sforzandos were played, and with so much power. And the dynamic balance between the orchestra was excellently handled by Wit, with the many layers in Strauss' scoring being heard. Wit's tempo is very well-judged, and it always does work, it may sometimes seem a tad slow compared to some other performance (especially the Welser-Most!) but it is never dragging and always expressing the music to the full. The Staastkapelle Weimar are certainly a wonderful orchestra with very warm, expressive playing throughout the whole piece. Only two or three times where I heard a mistake, an example would be when the horn fluffs the top Eb near the beggining of "Ausklang" or when it feels like the strings "gliss" a little too early on the second to last note of the last movement. But these are criticisms that could be said of so many recordings anyway, as this is a very challenging score to play and not many orchestras get it completely right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BMK on 18 Sep 2012
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Anyone who has experienced the sun rising over the Bavarian Alps will realise how perfectly and atmospherically Strauss has captured in his music this haunting and majestic display of nature. Despite its title, and the often symphonic treatment of its themes, this is a tone-poem, its programme depicting a youthful hiking expedition by Strauss and his friends to climb one of the alpine peaks. The timetable of the work traces the day's course from the hush before dawn to the fall of night 55 minutes later. Standing above the many musical images conjured up by the plentiful sectional subtitles (22 in all) is what Strauss himself called "the worship of nature, eternal and magnificent."

Strauss was proud of his achievement and considered Eine Alpensinfonie a fine work in which his command of the orchestra and skills in orchestration had reached a full flowering. While the music is Strauss to the core, there are nods here and there in the direction of Mahler and that composer's sound world. Mahler-like too is the ease with which Strauss contrasts the vast orchestral palette at his disposal in the huge forces on the platform with numerous chamber-like ensembles, many featuring delightful wind solos.

In this performance several high points stand out: `Sonnenaufgang' (Sunrise) in which one of the work's main themes is first heard, 'Auf blumigen Wiesen' (On Flowering Meadows) and `Auf der Alm' (On the Alpine Pasture) where oboe and shimmering strings seem to connect to an "other world" redolent of Mahler, `Auf dem Gipfel` (On the Summit) where the Sunrise theme thunders out majestically in the full orchestra to greet the walkers' arrival on the peak. Their descent is made to the accompaniment of one of the most magnificent storms in music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2011
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I bought this some years ago at a time in my life when I was not so in love with the Strauss tone poems. The critics had raved about this Naxos disc and I had had some good earlier experiences with Wit's work so I thought I would give it a go. I loved it from first hearing. I had actually bought several records that day and had sat down to just sample my purchases. But I could not stop listening to this one. It is compelling and deeply satisfying. Since that time I have listened to accounts that are more dramatic and to two of Karajan's incredible sound feasts. But my love and respect for Wit's is undiminished - it is as good as any I have heard and I still return to it often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
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This is one of those recordings that is just a blessing to own. Being a Strauss fan but not a fully paid -up music critic I can still feel confident enough in my own judgment to say that this disc scores very highly on just about every level, except maybe that of playing time.The performance of this stunning work is first rate. You feel that you are that Alpine traveler making your way from the foothills to the top before descending through the storm to home.This music demands and rewards involvement especially when played with such verve,warmth and discipline as Wit and his orchestra manage here.The recording itself is vivid, warm and detailed. Simply put, this disc sounds great.

Some might say that there are 'better' versions available elsewhere. Perhaps so, but there should always be room for alternative readings of great works in a collection,surely? Especially if they are as good as this and at bargain price!
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