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Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Macbeth / Janowski, Pittsburgh SO

Strauss,R. / Pittsburgh Symphony Orch / Janowski
Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186339  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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Marek Janowski's stirring performance of Richard Strauss' An Alpine Symphony gives the impression of a challenging and dangerous undertaking. The sound Janowski conjures from the Pittsburgh Symphony (especially the low brass) suggests the mountain's craggy massiveness, while the instrumental detail allows us to revel in Strauss' imaginative scoring. There's energy aplenty in Janowski's pacing--listen to the confident thrust of The Ascent and compare to Haitink's easy stroll. On the Glacier generates real tension, while the Summit basks in sunlit euphoria. Janowski does tend to belabor this passage and the following
Read more Vision, but he whips up a terrific Storm and has the Pittsburgh strings soaring ecstatically in Sunset.

Janowski leads a powerful performance of Strauss' early tone poem Macbeth, again featuring exquisite orchestral playing by the Pittsburghers. The recording (both CD and SACD) is demonstration-class, spacious with vivid detail and a rich, solid low-end. Janowski doesn't quite match the magnificence of Kempe and Previn, but his is an excellent performance nonetheless. Highly recommended.

– Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Macbeth, Op. 23 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1891; Germany 
2. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 

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