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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) ~ Haitink [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import]

R. Strauss , Haitink , London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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With an international conducting career that has spanned more than five decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of today's most celebrated conductors. Recentlyappointed Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he has in addition led many of the world's top orchestras, including 25 years at the helm of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam as its music ... Read more in Amazon's Bernard Haitink Store

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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Haitink
  • Composer: R. Strauss
  • Audio CD (February 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Lso Live
  • ASIN: B0032Z1IFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Nacht (Night)
2. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
3. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Der Anstieg (The ascent)
4. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Eintritt in den Wald (Entering the forest)
5. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brookside)
6. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Am Wasserfall (At the waterfall)
7. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Erscheinung (Apparition)
8. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf blumigen Wiesen (On flowering meadows)
9. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf der Alm (In the mountain pasture)
10. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf irrwegen (On the wrong track
11. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf dem Gletscher (On the glacier)
12. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Precarious moments)
13. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf dem Gipfel (On the summit)
14. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Vision (Vision)
15. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Nebel steigen auf (Rising mists)
16. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The sun gradually dims
17. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Elegie (Elegy)
18. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Stille vor den Sturm (Calm before the storm)
19. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunderstorm, descent)
20. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
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LSO Live is thrilled to welcome Bernard Haitink back for his first recording with the London Symphony Orchestra since their internationally acclaimed Beethoven cycle in 2006. In his massive Eine Alpensinfonie, Strauss recounts an attempt to conquer the summit of an Alpine mountain. He infuses the score with numerous instrumental colors and rich combinations of sounds, evoking the images and events that take place on the trek. It was to be one of his final large-scale orchestral works and shows the last great German Romantic composer at the pinnacle of his art.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE - ''Another of those superb LSO Live recordings. The finest detail, colour and texture is apparent among the massed forces. This is a must-have demonstration-quality disc.'' --Gramophone 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.'' --Classic FM Magazine

CD OF THE WEEK - ''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.'' --BBC Radio 3 CD Review

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Alpine Trip Like None Other October 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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Later this year I will have a large comparative review of half a dozen or more recordings of Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony. Philippe Jordan's recording, reviewed by Charles a little while ago, will be among them. Ditto a newly released RIAS broadcast with Karl Böhm (audite), Bychkov's WDR recording on PROFIL, the re-release of Welser-Möst's fabulously cinematic LPO recording (EMI), and hopefully a few others. But there is one of the bunch that can't wait until then, and that's Bernard Haitink's with the LSO on the LSO Live label. What a surprise, this one.

Haitink, I love, of course. Especially live, especially in composers like Bruckner. But Richard Strauss? The Alpine Symphony? The LSO? Those are ingredients that don't, on paper, evoke a gritty ascend to the summit, craggy excitement of rock and thunder, shist and lightning. Or particular Bavarian flair. Well, time to give my etch-a-sketch of stereotypes a good shake: this is a riotous interpretation, a tender one, exploring extremes, and with the most deliciously depraved low tuba note I have yet heard recorded... sounding out with such gusto that it would suffice to prove the existence of the `Brown Note' [see SouthPark Episode 317 for the reference], if it weren't a myth. One of my favorite recordings on the LSO Live label and--pending the Alpensinfonie-marathon results--my favorite recording of Strauss' oft-maligned masterpiece.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Alpine Symphony on SACD in surround sound August 9, 2010
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A majestic not over the top performance. The 5 Channel surround sound very successfully puts you in "the stalls" maybe 10 to 12 rows back from the stage. The clarity and power of the bass - the organ - is simply amazing!

You do need a multi channel sacd player (preferably a very good one) to experience this. I would think every real music lover would have gone this route by now! If you love the sound of live music - how could you possibly not have? Stereo is only a pale imitation. This and hundreds (more than 3900 actually) of available multi-channel or surround sound hybrid SACDs from LSO Live, Chicago Resound, PentaTone, BIS, Chandos, Tudor and many others now make this marvel of technology possible in your listening room!

Someone above carped about the price. For the experience I get out of hearing the Alpine Symphony in this kind of sound - like 70 to 75% of what I would actually experience in the concert hall, this is real value for money spent! Stereo by comparison gives me about 20 to 25% of the live experience.

Too bad LSO Live, unlike PentaTones sourced from Polyhymnia, BIS, Tudor, Boston Symphony Classics, Chandos, dont give us a discrete center channel. I thought to withhold one star on this issue, not liking my MCH recordings to sound like old quad recordings - but the impact here, particularly the bass, is so spectacular that this center channel recessing problem not-with-standing, I relented and gave all five stars!

However, I must say PentaTone's recording of the Alpine Symphony with the fine orchestra in Pittsburgh, having a discrete center channel adds another 20% in my estimation, of getting closer to the "live" sound of a fine orchestra in a real concert hall. That one unfortunately did not have this organ in the hall. I have both recordings. I would hate to choose between them. I would never even consider a regular CD like the Naxos. Spoiled by splendid sound, that is me!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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When LSO Live started out, their live concert recordings were in the budget category, so one couldn't cavil at short timings. Now they are selling at full price, with no filler for the Alpine Symphony. Certainly they aren't alone in that, but with an excellent budget version on Naxos under Antoni Wit, not to mention Zinman on Nuova Arte, and any number of classic mid-price alternatives, I'm not sure this new Haitink recording is competitive.

Having said that, what one looks for first is artistic merit. This is a remake for Haitink, even though his first version with the Concertgebouw dates back several decades. Strauss is among his best composers, and that first Alpine Sym. was a beauty. Its only flaw, in some eyes, was a certain restraint. Does it add dignity to the Alpine Sym. to take it more seriously, or should this gaudy orchestral showcase be played full throttle for thrills and spills? Each listener will have to answer for himself. The new Haitink is definitely one of the dignified ones; tempos are often slow, phrases lovingly lingered over. The LSO plays quite spectacularly, despite being held back by their conductor. The recorded sound from Barbican Hall is close-up and transparent (I've never understood complaints about the sound quality from LSO Live, which has always struck me as first rate). In the end, I much prefer the thrilling accounts from Karajan, Mehta (on Sony, with the Berliners), and Thielemann with Vienna.

Haitink is more like a dream about mountain-climbing than the actual adventure.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording April 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I really like this tone poem. It is incredibly descriptive, and very entertaining. The sound is excellent, and it is nice to hear a live recording without the applause at the end. The interpretation was very much to my taste, but this is of course the most subjective element.
Also, I don't know whether it's just my disc, or if all copies have this problem, but I noticed a sound glitch in track 5 (Wanderung neben dem Bache) 35 seconds in.
Other than that, it's a wonderful recording!
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