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Andris Nelsons|Richard Strauss : Eine Alpensinfonie (Live)

Richard Strauss : Eine Alpensinfonie (Live)

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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One might expect that no one could be better qualified to write a piece about the Alps than Richard Strauss. His home in the Bavarian Alps was greatly beloved by him and perhaps served as grand inspiration for the composer. However, Eine Alpensinfonie does not seem to be representative of the composer's most inspired, grand work; rather, it comes across as an odd pastiche of musical moments that just do not seem to adhere as a cohesive composition. This is absolutely no reflection on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, who do an excellent job of bringing out the dynamics and contrasts and lushness in this piece as much as possible. The beginning is barely audible on this recording, but shortly after, the orchestra expands into a broader sound and has more color. Strauss uses horns, bells, and flutes to create an Alpine, ethereal touch as a hiker ascends the mountain, surrounded by cows and meadows and woods. But again, the music does not go anywhere, nor does it use enough of Strauss' famous palette and unusual harmonies to move the listener. It is not until the hiker reaches the summit that the listener is treated to Strauss' true orchestral glory with echoes of Wagner and Also sprach Zarathustra: it could easily be the soundtrack to a Leni Riefenstahl film. Also exciting is the storm, which the orchestra captures magnificently. Nelsons leads the orchestra into a dark, somber ending that is almost menacing in its simplicity. Yet despite his best efforts, Eine Alpensinfonie is not structured enough to be a symphony (it was intended originally intended to be the first movement of a full symphony), nor does it feature enough leitmotifs or clearly programmatic themes to make it a tone poem."The Dance of the Seven Veils" from Salomé conveys the sensuality of this biblical figure's dance: the listener can see each veil floating in the air, her twists and turns that tempt as she moves. The tinkling percussion, trilling oboe, and swelling harp soar above the passionate orchestra that is full of crescendos and climaxes that create high drama in the music. Nelsons and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are a joy to listen to and make the best of the compositions they perform.
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Richard Strauss : Eine Alpensinfonie (Live)

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Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233 (Richard Strauss)

1
Nacht (Night)
Andris Nelsons
00:03:38

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

2
Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
Andris Nelsons
00:01:27

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

3
Der Anstieg (The Ascent)
Andris Nelsons
00:02:14

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

4
Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood)
Andris Nelsons
00:05:19

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

5
Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brook)
Andris Nelsons
00:00:44

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

6
Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall)
Andris Nelsons
00:00:16

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

7
Erscheinung (Apparition)
Andris Nelsons
00:00:48

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

8
Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows)
Andris Nelsons
00:00:53

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

9
Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)
Andris Nelsons
00:02:23

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

10
Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth)
Andris Nelsons
00:01:25

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

11
Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)
Andris Nelsons
00:01:06

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

12
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)
Andris Nelsons
00:01:29

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

13
Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit)
Andris Nelsons
00:04:38

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

14
Vision
Andris Nelsons
00:03:05

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

15
Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise)
Andris Nelsons
00:00:17

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

16
Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens)
Andris Nelsons
00:00:49

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

17
Elegie
Andris Nelsons
00:02:19

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

18
Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the Storm)
Andris Nelsons
00:03:00

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

19
Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent)
Andris Nelsons
00:03:41

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

20
Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
Andris Nelsons
00:03:01

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

21
Ausklang (Final Sounds)
Andris Nelsons
00:06:22

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

22
Nacht (Night)
Andris Nelsons
00:02:35

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

Salome, Op. 54, TrV 215 (Richard Strauss)

23
Dance of the Seven Veils
Andris Nelsons
00:09:27

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Richard Strauss, Composer

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

Applause (na Not Applicable)

24
Applause
00:01:20

2016 Orfeo 2016 Orfeo

Album Description

One might expect that no one could be better qualified to write a piece about the Alps than Richard Strauss. His home in the Bavarian Alps was greatly beloved by him and perhaps served as grand inspiration for the composer. However, Eine Alpensinfonie does not seem to be representative of the composer's most inspired, grand work; rather, it comes across as an odd pastiche of musical moments that just do not seem to adhere as a cohesive composition. This is absolutely no reflection on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, who do an excellent job of bringing out the dynamics and contrasts and lushness in this piece as much as possible. The beginning is barely audible on this recording, but shortly after, the orchestra expands into a broader sound and has more color. Strauss uses horns, bells, and flutes to create an Alpine, ethereal touch as a hiker ascends the mountain, surrounded by cows and meadows and woods. But again, the music does not go anywhere, nor does it use enough of Strauss' famous palette and unusual harmonies to move the listener. It is not until the hiker reaches the summit that the listener is treated to Strauss' true orchestral glory with echoes of Wagner and Also sprach Zarathustra: it could easily be the soundtrack to a Leni Riefenstahl film. Also exciting is the storm, which the orchestra captures magnificently. Nelsons leads the orchestra into a dark, somber ending that is almost menacing in its simplicity. Yet despite his best efforts, Eine Alpensinfonie is not structured enough to be a symphony (it was intended originally intended to be the first movement of a full symphony), nor does it feature enough leitmotifs or clearly programmatic themes to make it a tone poem."The Dance of the Seven Veils" from Salomé conveys the sensuality of this biblical figure's dance: the listener can see each veil floating in the air, her twists and turns that tempt as she moves. The tinkling percussion, trilling oboe, and swelling harp soar above the passionate orchestra that is full of crescendos and climaxes that create high drama in the music. Nelsons and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are a joy to listen to and make the best of the compositions they perform.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recorded live 28 January & 3 February (Symphony), 10-11 November (Salome), Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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