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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)
 
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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)

9 Feb 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Feb 2010
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 50:15
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  • ASIN: B0035LQ4EM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,058 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. F. C. Ducker on 23 Nov 2010
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Bernard Haitink has been here before with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra (Philips 1985)and although his reading with the LSO has the same weight and magisterial thrust, the dry Barbican acoustic is understandably inimical to the great open alpine spaces envisioned by Richard Strauss. The LSO Live recording engineers, who have largely been able to cope with the well-known difficulties of the hall in earlier recordings, seem not to have been able to liberate this massive orchestral score from indoors to outdoors - and the 'echo' horn calls from mountain-top to mountain-top heard in the earlier sections of the work sound so distant as to be disconnected completely from the unfolding drama. The enhanced forces of the LSO play as superbly as ever, yet the total experience seems somewhat uninvolving....academically interesting but ultimately disengaging to the ear. May I point you to two alternative recordings to consider?: Christian Thielemann with the Vienna Philharmonic (2001) on Deutsche Grammophon and - my runaway favourite - the darker-toned reading from Antoni Wit with the Weimar Staatskapelle at budget price on Naxos. A true experience!
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I bought this as my first recording and thought it was pretty good. But after a Building a Library recommendation I bought Krajan's 1981 recording- I am now listening to Haitink's 'storm' section directly after hearing the same section by Karajan, and it sounds dreadfully flat and tame- more like an April shower than the violent alpine storm Karajan conjures. This is broadly true of the whole recording, which lacks drama and ultimately sounds rather dull. The Building a Library reviewer coined it well by commenting that here Haitink paints the Cotswolds rather than the Alps.

If you are buying just one recording, I strongly recommend against buying this one
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