Music on a massive scale: Straussʼs Alpensinfonie.
Though French composer Maurice Ravel had absolutely no affinity for the music of his contemporary Richard Strauss, he obtained a copy of each of his scores, well aware that there was much to be learned from his art of instrumentation. Strauss was a magician of orchestral coloration – and of all his works, the most refined combinations are to be found in the Alpensinfonie. The piece is a living textbook on how to use an orchestra and continues to serve as a guide for composers today. For us and many orchestra lovers, hearing this score brought to life by the Berliner Philharmoniker is a dream come true at last.
Photo: Harald Hoffmann / DG
Overture to Des Teufels Lustschloss
“Wo bin ich,” Simon’s aria from Lazarus
“An Schwager Kronos” (arr. by Johannes Brahms)
“Erlkönig” (arr. by Max Reger)
“Prometeus” (arr. by Max Rager)
Eine Alpensinfonie – Symphonic Poem, op. 64
- Daniel Harding Conductor
- Gerald Finley Baritone
- Berliner Philharmoniker
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