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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) / Festliches Praludium (Festive Prelude) ~ Zinman

Richard Strauss , Zinman , Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • Conductor: Zinman
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000069HIT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 blumigen 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): Auf dem Gletscher
11. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Gefahrvolle Augenblicke
12. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Auf dem Gipfel
13. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Vision
14. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Nebel steigen auf
15. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Elegie
16. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Stille vor dem Sturm
17. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Gewitter und Sturm, Absteig
18. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Sonnenuntergang
19. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Ausklang
20. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233): Nacht

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zinman's Strauss January 13, 2006
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Critically acclaimed maestro David Zinman is as outstanding as the late Rudolf Kempe: he handles Richard Strauss' masterful tone poems magnificently. Every note is taken under direct precision, and there is no overblowing whatsoever. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich gives out spectacular emotion in almost every piece. The soloists, especially Melanie Diener as the soprano for "Four Last Songs", do a fine job and play their parts with clarity. As for the sound quality, it is most excellent when it comes to volume and beauty.

Each tone poem strikes me like lightning. Ein Alpensinfonie, Macbeth, Metamorphosen, & Tod Und Verklarung are very powerful to listen to. Aus Italien, Don Quixote, Don Juan, & Sinfonia Domestica have pure dynamism. Also Sprach Zarathustra, Oboenkonzert, Parergon, Vier Letzte Lieder, & Festliches Präludium are at their finest when it comes to Zinman's conducting. To know the rest is to listen to them straight through.

I highly recommend these seven CD's to anyone who is starting to have a keen fascination with Richard Strauss. It is low-priced for seven discs, and the brilliant performances from the Tonhalle Orchestra will just dazzle you completely. Also, try the Rudolf Kempe renditions with the Staatskapelle Dresden: they're either on EMI Classics or on Brilliant Classics.

Volume 1: Aus Italien, Macbeth Richard Strauss: Aus Italien; Macbeth

Volume 2: Ein Heldenleben, Tod und Verklarung
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The Alpine Symphony was written for a gigantic orchestra full of superior players, and the Zurich Tonhalle is neither, but the same holds, even more so, for the Staatskapelle Weimar, which produced a sterling bargain version under Anton Wit for Naxos in 2006. It's a great thing for consumers to be able to build libraries of satisfying performances so cheaply, especially at Amazon Marketplace.

Whether through the magic of microphones or the conductor, both ensembles sound fine, perfectly up to the task. Zinman boasts terrific engineering, with great sound effects in the climactic storm -- you clearly hear the organ, wind machine, and glokenspiel each on its own. Zinman is also musically convincing. He often has a habit of slackening the rhythm whenever the music turns slow and soft, but that's kept to a minumum in this propulsive reading. Did my hair stand on end? Not quite, but the whole experience was a thrilling ride. Wit's advantage is that he gives the music more depth and emotional weight.

Although the Alpine Sym. still carries a dodgy reputation among certain critics, I've always loved it and welcome every new performance. Given its all-out demands, my preference is for virtuoso orchestras on the order of Berlin (Karajan and Mehta) and Vienna (Previn) for their luxury, but Zinman provides one of the two best bargain versions. The bombastic Festliches Preludium contains a knockout organ part that may sway those buyers who want to be knocked out. for me, the piece is empty rhetoric, as the Alpine Sym. itself was long taken to be.

In all, this emerged as one of the high points of Zinman's Strauss cycle for Arte Nova.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Glorious, Exciting May 26, 2007
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The Alpensinfonie was a very enjoyable and well done performance. I especially wanted a copy of the Festiches Praludium because it was not included on another 9 disc set of Richard Strauss' orchestrial works. David Zinman leads the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in a Rich, Glorious and Exciting performance. Admittedly this work is not the most popular of Strauss', but to miss it is like missing the 1812 Overture.
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