Recorded in 1981, this is the best version of this five-star work I possess. The murmurings in the deep bass prior to the dawn seem clearer that in my other versions, so that I can hear such things as solo tremolo strings in the mix. There is a blazing sunrise, but the cellos then sound a little tinny once the ascent commences. Perhaps the sound is constrained by the 1980s technology. The hunting horns, however, sound wonderful.
Not everything is perfect. The brass leading up to the waterfall sound strangely winded and there are bum notes here and there. The view from the summit is stupendous, but again one senses some restraint in the sound. The trumpet solo is wonderfully well to the fore in the `Vision' section. The storm is scarily dramatic and the sunset rightfully rich. The epilogue is beautifully played.
This may be the best interpretation in my collection, but it is well over twenty years old now and there is room for improvement. I am seeking a broader vision that I have yet to hear on CD. Nonetheless, for now, this one is the one I will pull out of the collection if I want to go hiking in the Alps.