Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
Bernard Haitink conductor
Editor's Choice & Disc of the Month Gramophone UK
CD of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review
'Mastery is the word. This depiction of a mountain climb achieves the peak of orchestral expertise ... it has immense grandeur' The Times, UK
In his Alpine Symphony Strauss recounts an attempt to conquer the summit of an Alpine mountain. He infuses the score with numerous instrumental colours 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.
- Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie (pdf, 2797kB)
‘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 … a fine recording’
CD of the Week
BBC Radio 3 CD Review
'Another of those superb LSO Live recordings ... gloriously atmospheric 5.1-channel DSD sound ... The finest detail, colour and texture is apparent among the massed forces ... the big, rich bass is just as thrilling as the scintillating resolution in the upper frequencies. The brass, in particular, sounds quite amazing ... no one has quite Haitink’s sense of the piece as a rational symphonic argument ... Admirers should not hesitate to acquire an archetypal example of Haitink’s unobtrusive podium manner’
Disc of the Month
'Mastery is the word. This depiction of a mountain climb achieves the peak of orchestral expertise ... it has immense grandeur.'
The Times, UK
‘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 (UK)
'The mountain looming through the murk at the beginning, and its splendour as the sun hits the peak, are both peerlessly handled by Haitink'
BBC Music Magazine, UK
'He [Haitink] penetrates to the core of the musical substance and views the Alpine Symphony as a coherent structure rather than a random sequence ... The orchestra rises magnificently to the challenge of this climax, but the impact is all the more thrilling and awe-inspiring through having been so shrewdly approached via the pastures, undergrowth and glaciers of the preceding scenes. Haitink draws out lucid instrumental detail from Strauss’s complex combinations of timbres, establishing apt colours in the summoning of atmosphere, dramatically so in the storm and with subtle perception throughout. Equally, his natural feel for the music’s fluctuating pulse lends this momentous journey an ineluctable sense of purpose, direction and exhilaration.'
Daily Telegraph, UK
‘Because Richard Strauss' Eine Alpensinfonie heavily depends on its atmospheric orchestration for its secure place in the repertoire, it seems a terrific candidate for showing off the capabilities of Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the benefits of state-of-the-art recording technology… Haitink and the LSO give the piece a resounding performance that is breathtaking in the DSD multichannel recording, and this SACD's sound is wonderfully clear and spacious, two qualities that are essential for understanding Strauss' complicated yet transparent orchestration… Brilliant live recording, and Haitink and the LSO have added another lustrous recording to their illustrious series of SACDs.’ Cineguay
‘Mais voilà: Bernard Haitink revenant sur cette partition la scrute avec uneintelligence extralucide et son enregistrement est fascinant ... nous fait retrouver au concert le Haitink des grands jours’
'There is so much about these performances that is ear-opening - or just plain magnificent.'
BBC Music Magazine (UK)
'He [Sir Colin Davis] builds the first movement to a thrilling climax without over-dramatising it. The slow movement has even more expressive power, with superb brass playing'
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
Bernard Haitink conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineers
Recorded June 2008, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch
Catalogue number - LSO0689
UPC - 822231168928