Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2019

If this is not the most viscerally thrilling, imaginative account of Strauss’s mountainous masterpiece, it is extremely well played and recorded. More interesting, however, are the symphonic interludes he extracted from his autobiographical opera Intermezzo, rarely heard out of context, utterly winning, and here presented full of life. © 2019 Classical Music

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2014

The conducting displays elegance to complement the score’s exhilarating power. © 2014 Fanfare

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2014

…I’d rate this Alpine Symphony very high among the contenders. It’s beautifully played by the Bavarian orchestra, Welser-Möst’s sense of timing builds dramatic tension to a convincing climax and satisfying denouement, and the “live” recording…is both detailed and spacious.

Very strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2014

Welser-Möst…unleashes the full sweep of the score…The sonics are demonstration-quality, the orchestral playing nothing less than inspired and often surprisingly refined—this is more than a thrill ride.

The storm effects, the distant organ chords, the solo oboe piping on the summit—all of it is captured beautifully. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Arthur Lintgen
Fanfare, November 2014

Sonically, this ranks with the best-engineered recordings of An Alpine Symphony. Every element of Strauss’s orchestration is presented with an attempt at Mozartean clarity…The Intermezzo Interludes are transferred at a higher level…

…a great orchestra, excellent sound… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The orchestra plays marvellously…and there are some predictably fine moments…I found myself admiring the delicacy of ‘Auf blumigen Wesen’ and I approve of the way Welser-Möst drives the music forward when the glacier is reached.

Welser-Most offers an interesting and fairly rare filler in the shape of the Four symphonic interludes that Strauss extracted from his opera Intermezzo. These are excellent performances; Welser-Möst appears to relish the music, as do his players.

The BR Klassik sound is very good in both cases and the notes are interesting. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, September 2014

Welser-Möst and his excellent Munich players conjure more of the score’s wooded elements, its mists and occasional mellowness…[and] adds the four colourful ‘symphonic interludes’ from Strauss’ opera Intermezzo, vividly played. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, June 2014

The BR Klassik engineers have delivered glowing sound, cool, clear and well balanced. The level of excellence in this recording is as elevated as any other account of the Symphony in the catalogue. Do join the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks conducted by Franz Welser-Möst on this spectacular Alpine journey. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group