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An Alpine Symphony Naxos 8.557811


Composer: Richard Strauss

Conductor: Antoni Wit

Orchestra: Weimar Staatskapelle


A conductor highly regarded for his early recordings of twentieth century
and contemporary Polish composers such as Górecki, Lutoslawski, Kilar, and
Szymanowski, Antoni Wit broadened his horizons to include more diverse and
(nearly) mainstream repertoire.

Featured on this album is Richard Strauss' monumental Alpine Symphony. For
this release, Naxos has paired Wit with the Weimar Staatskapelle - an
enlightened choice since the venerable master composer was once the chief
Kapellmeister in the historically rich German city. Although frequently
overshadowed by their colleagues in Berlin, Dresden, and Munich, the Weimar
players are nonetheless impressive. They have not only strong cultural
traditions, but impressive technical and artistic capabilities as well - all
of which are prerequisites for any performance of the Alpine Symphony. Strauss'
early tone poem is a work that requires not only technical finesse but also
towering heights of endurance. Strauss' lengthy work can quickly - and
easily - make sauerkraut of any orchestra unprepared for its demands: many of
the world's finest orchestras have brutally snowballed down the
Alpine's slippery slopes.

Wit seems to be a master at creating large walls of sound with the Weimar
players. In fact, there is a consistent, Furtwängler-esque quality of enigma
and imprecision - could it be that the orchestra's recent recordings of
Furtwängler's own works on Arte Nova have permanently been

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