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Strauss: An Alpine Symphony / Horn Concerto No. 1, Opp. 11,64


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  • Performer: Gerd Seifert
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (April 10, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Night
2. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Sunrise
3. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: The Ascent
4. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Entry Into The Wood
5. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Wandering By The Side Of The Brook
6. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: At The Waterfall
7. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Apparition
8. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: On Flowering Meadows
9. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: On The Alpine Pasture
10. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: The Thicket And Undergrowth On The Wrong Way
11. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: On The Glacier
12. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Dangerous Moments
13. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: On The Summit
14. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Vision
15. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Mists Rise
16. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: The Sun Gradually Becomes Obscured
17. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Elegy
18. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Calm Before The Storm
19. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Thunder And Tempest: Descent
20. An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64: Sunset
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Van Detta on August 14, 2003
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Although I loved Karanjan's and Kempe's Alpensifonie (especially the musicmaking in Karanjan's laserdisc version), I think, contrary to Mr. Richman, that Mehta's leads the crowd. Never before has the BPO been recorded so majestically, to reveal a radiance, precision, and burnished sound rarely heard since the great DG LPs of 1973-1977 (roughly, Karanjan's analog strauss through his 3d Beethoven cycle). (Why couldn't Gunter Hermanns ever duplicate this in the Philharmonie?) One might forget that Mehta's "spiritual home" (at least musically) is in the sound-world of Austrio-Germany, and one hears a lyricism, feeling, and poetry in communion with nature that in Mehta's hands elevates the work beyond the pedestrian reputation it suffered from for years to the realm of pure rapture. Mehta reminds us forcefully here of his Vienna musical roots. It also reminds us what he might have accomplished with the BPO, which, to me, has drifted aimlessly and rather facelessly from Abbado's blandness to Simon Rattle's miscasting. Recommended without hestitation--relish the sonic feast! -- Professor Jeffey A. Van Detta
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Van Detta on August 14, 2003
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Although I loved Karajan's and Kempe's Alpensifonie (especially the musicmaking in Karajan's laserdisc version), and admire Previn's for Telarc, I think, contrary to Mr. Richman, that Mehta's leads the crowd. Never before has the BPO been recorded so majestically, to reveal a radiance, precision, and burnished sound rarely heard since the great DG LPs of 1973-1977 (roughly, Karanjan's analog strauss through his 3d Beethoven cycle). (Why couldn't Gunter Hermanns ever duplicate this using digital recording equipment in the Philharmonie?) One might forget that Mehta's "spiritual home" (at least musically) is in the sound-world of Austro-Germany, and one hears a lyricism, feeling, and poetry in communion with nature that in Mehta's hands elevates the work beyond the pedestrian reputation it suffered from for years, rising up to the realm of pure rapture. Mehta reminds us forcefully here of his Vienna musical roots. It also reminds us what he might have accomplished with the BPO, which, to me, has drifted aimlessly and rather facelessly from Abbado's blandness to Simon Rattle's miscasting. Recommended without hestitation--relish the sonic feast! -- Professor Jeffey A. Van Detta
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 1, 2005
It's a major event for Strauss fans when a truly great orchestra shows off its supreme virtuosity, and that's the case here. Karajan made the classic Alpine Symphony early in the digital era--too early, in fact, given the wiry sound and edgy strings that resulted. The later remastering of that performance on DG's "Karajan Gold" series helped quite a bit. But here we get to hear the Berlin Phil. without excuses, and their playing is astounding.

I would rank this performance in the same league as Previn's on Telarc with the Vienna Phil. In both cases the stars are the orchestra and the recording engineers. Neither Previn nor Mehta has a great deal to say from the podium, but they conduct traffic extremely well. Overall, both recordings are orgiastic, sumptuous experiences for the ear.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 23, 2000
Zubin Mehta and the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra's recording of "Eine Alpensinfonie" (or "An Alpine Symphony") is perfectly good, but they are better performances available in my opinion. This is an excellent digital recording, and no doubt the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the world's finest orchestras. But Mehta's choice of recording this Strauss symphony seems a tad redundant, as less than a decade earlier Karajan made a stellar digital recording with the same orchestra (although for DG instead of Sony). And while that Karajan Gold version of "Eine Alpensinfonie" is outstanding, my personal favorite recording of this symphony is on Rudolf Kempe's Strauss Orchestral Works Boxed Set. The Kempe Box's "Horn Concerto No. 1" is also more spirited than this Mehta performance featuring Gerd Seifert as soloist. Not to mention, one could purchase the classic Dennis Brain recording of the Horn Concerto. In all, this Mehta recording is competent, if not exceptional, but one would be best served looking for a definitive performance of Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" and "Horn Concerto" elsewhere.
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