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1. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Nacht
2. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Sonnenaufgang
3. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Der Anstieg
4. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Eintritt in den Wald
5. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Wanderung neben dem Bache
6. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Am Wasserfall
7. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Erscheinung
8. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf blumige Wiesen
9. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf der Alm
10. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen
11. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf dem Gletscher
12. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Gefahrvolle Augenblicke
13. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf dem Gipfel
14. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Vision
15. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Nebel steigen auf
16. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich
17. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Elegie
18. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Stille vor dem Sturm
19. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Gewitter und Sturm, Absteig
20. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Sonnenuntergang
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Paris Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jordan
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (May 25, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0038KUZIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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We are long past the days when hearing Richard Strauss in Paris would seem completely alien, like hearing Poulenc in Prussia, but his major tone poems have had few French recordings, largely, I think, because the native orchestras weren't up to the task. That, too, has changed. The Paris Opera Orch. constitutes the pit band for the city's two main opera houses, the Garnier and the Bastille, 175 strong, and the rising conductor Philippe Jordan, age 36 and the son of Swiss conductor Armin Jordan, is their music director. This Alpine Symphony comes from a live concert; it is closely miked with impressive clarity and detail, but it still contains traces of audience noise, especially at the very outset.

The current catalog is stuffed with so many recordings of the once-shunned Alpine Symphony that the main selling point of a new, unneeded one must be its Parisian origins and the fact that Naive is an enterprising French label. The performance itself is colorful, direct and robust. Jordan is careful not to push his musicians beyond their comfort zone; therefore, the hushed bass chords in "Night" are not pianissimo but an easier piano. Similarly, the offstage battery of French horns that greets the dawn is not particularly thrilling. Here and there we get a bit of French flavor, as in the woodsy solo oboe, but in no other way could I detect that this was a "French" approach to Strauss. Jordan's beat is supple, and the concert setting adds a dash of extra commitment from the players. That extra vivacity is the most attractive thing about this performance; it isn't studio bound at all. So far as virtuosity goes, it's no shame that the Paris Opera Orch. cannot vie with Karajan and Mehta's Berliners (on DG and Sony) or Thielemann's Vienna Phil. playing like gods (DG).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23, 2013
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Strauss calls for a huge orchestra, some 120 players, and the piece is vast in scope, grandiose, often majestic, and not a little, in part, bombastic.

That's pretty much how maestro Philippe Jordan presents it, with lots of pomp and ceremony. Yet he manages the hushed, quieter junctures well, too, like the night giving way to sunrise, and the entry into the forest.

It seems to me that Jordan rushes some sections just a little, but then in the big moments he slows down and lingers long enough to create a grandly eloquent statement. The time on the glacier, for instance, is indeed perilous, and by the time we reach the summit and the "Vision," circumstances have become most inspiring and uplifting, awesome, in fact.

While Jordan still doesn't quite set the blood to racing the way my favorite conductor and ensemble in this work do, Rudolf Kempe and the Dresden State Orchestra (EMI), Jordan does come close enough to call it almost even. And Jordan draws some exquisitely beautiful playing from his Paris National Opera Orchestra in a performance both sensitive and heroic. Enjoyable.

John J. Puccio
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Phillip Jordan, a young maestro, gave power to this interpretation. I loved it. The recording is perfect, all of instruments in orchestra are visible in this cd.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leni Bogat on June 24, 2010
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Unquestionably one Richard Strauss' most compelling scores, all it took was the opening measures of this recording to catapult me to the base of the most magnificent mountain range I have ever imagined. What is more, the sound of the Paris Opera Orchestra gave me chills worthy of the photograph on the cover of the CD case. This is as Wagnerian, in the theatrical sense, as Strauss gets, and every ounce of the operatic is wrung from the score by conductor Philippe Jordan and this fabulous orchestra.

The live recording is gorgeous with an amazing sound stage big enough to envelop the gigantic sound without any loss of spaciousness, the full blast of the orchestra transparently clear, and the chamber-like passages deliciously intimate. The tone and color palette of this group is amazing.

As I intimated above, Jordan takes a theatrical approach to the music. The drama is palpable, and in no way is this merely a rendition of an unrelated series of scenes as is so often the case in performance.

When we get to the summit, the ranz des vaches-like oboe solo followed by cloud shattering pronouncements of the alpine horns is transcendental. Who else but a Strauss at the peak of his power would dare to reach a climax mid-way through a piece without any risk of losing the listener's attention. Instead, the second act begins.

The ultimate impact of this performance of the work is that of a gigantic overture to an operatic event that dwarfs Wagner's Ring in scope and duration.

There is a musical renaissance unfolding in France, and this Naïve CD is a testament to it. Most emphatically recommended.
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