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R. Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Etc / De Waart, Minnesota Orch


Release Date: 05/05/1998 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 61460   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have heard so many recordings of the Alpine Symphony over the past year that I'm beginning to develop altitude sickness. Fortunately, Edo de Waart's performance and Virgin's capture of it are so impressive that I made it through another ascent and descent with minimal discomfort. Tempos are about average, adding up to just over fifty minutes, and Virgin has managed to capture the piece's sonorous impact without losing much detail. There are now so many good recordings of this piece that I wish someone would call a halt and leave it for a while. There aren't nearly enough of the lovely wind serenade, and de Waart's second recording of it (making him something of a specialist, I guess) makes a welcome and unexpected filler. I haven't heard Read more the Mahler First Symphony, but this half of the Minnesota Orchestra's debut on Virgin Classics (supposedly the beginning of a beautiful friendship) is quite a success.

– James Miller, FANFARE [3/1991], reviewing the original release of the Alpine Symphony, Virgin 91102 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 
2.
Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Germany 
3.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
4.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
5.
Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major, Op. 4 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 

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