Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (Alpine Symphony)

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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (Alpine Symphony)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski

[ Pentatone / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 3 September 2021

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Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester continue their PENTATONE journey through the heights of German late-Romantic repertoire with a recording of Richard Strauss's Eine Alpensinfonie. The Alpine Symphony was inspired by the composer's experiences during a mountain trail, and is an audience favourite thanks to its picturesque, idyllic charm and powerfully evocative score. To Jurowski, the attraction of this piece lies not so much in the picturesque, but rather in Strauss's Nietzschean embrace of living in the now and the transformative power of being in complete harmony with sublime nature. In that respect, this album shares a kinship not only with Jurowski's previous recording of Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra (2017), but equally with his acclaimed interpretation of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (2020), in which he also recognizes a composer coming to terms with the mortality of man while celebrating the immortal nature of Life. Seen in this light, Strauss's Alpine Symphony becomes much more than just an exquisitely scored postcard.

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin has a vast PENTATONE discography. Together with their chief conductor and artistic director Vladimir Jurowski, they have recorded Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (2020), symphonic works from Mahler and Strauss (2017), violin concertos by Britten and Hindemith together with Arabella Steinbacher (2017), and Schnittke's Third Symphony (2015).


1) Nacht (Night) (I)
2) Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
3) Der Anstieg (The Ascent)
4) Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the forest)
5) Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brook)
6) Am Wasserfall (At the waterfall)
7) Erscheinung (apparition)
8) Auf blumigen Wiesen (On flowering meadows)
9) Auf der Alm (On the alpine pasture)
10) Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Through thickets and undergrowth on the wrong path)
11) Auf dem Gletscher (On the glacier)
12) Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous moments)
13) Auf dem Gipfel (On the summit)
14) Vision (Vision)
15) Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise)
16) Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The sun gradually becomes obscured)
17) Elegie (Elegy)
18) Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the storm)
19) Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and tempest, descent)
20) Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
21) Ausklang (Quiet settles)
22) Nacht (Night) (II)