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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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Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Description

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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The best? You must be joking February 27, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I swear on a stack of bibles that I tried not to bring my entrenched indifference to Haitink as a thoroughly uninspiring conductor to my first audition of this conflation of two live LSO concerts at the Barbican in 2008. I have been and shall continue to be in trouble for declaring that I find him to be the dependably and perennially Mr Boring of conducting with only a notable handful of exceptions in his discography and this recording conforms to my every prejudice.

It is a piece I love and of which I have many recordings, headed by those conducted by Shipway, Karajan and Thielemann, so I have a firm idea of what I want to hear - and it is not as subtle as what Haitink gives us here. First, even the recorded sound is portly and bass-biased. Secondly, the LSO's sound is smoothly homogenised and soporific. Thirdly, I'd lost patience with Haitink by the first orchestral climax at sun-rise, which passes as quietly and blandly as a milk float. That sets the tone for the impeccably well-mannered performance which succeeds; everything is swathed in silk and sunk in soup.

Heavens knows, there are enough thrilling, life-enhancing recordings of this adventure story without our needing to settle for such mediocrity. Even Haitink's own earlier recording with the Concertgebouw is much better, if not the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sonic spectacular...... September 26, 2011
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
Simply magnificent in sonic orchestral image with a dynamite performance. GET IT and sit back and revel in the thrill of a 1st class recording.
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