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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




Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2014

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



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





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