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Orchestral music by
Richard Strauss -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... sensitivity and tenderness ...'

Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie. © 2014 BRmedia Service GmbH

For all its musical assets, this Alpine Symphony has been sabotaged by the engineering. At a level that clarifies the low-register grumblings at the start, the climactic tutti sounds congested, strident, and all but unlistenable. A volume cut helped somewhat, but the basic sound of subsequent tuttis — as in track 13, at the top of the mountain — remains hard and insistent.Franz Welser-Möst has effectively learned his craft standing in front of the major orchestras, making large amounts of money in the process — an opportunity not afforded to most fledgling conductors — but he has evolved into a musician with something to say and, most of the time, the means to say it...

Copyright © 8 September 2014 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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STRAUSS: EINE ALPENSINFONIE

RICHARD STRAUSS

FRANZ WELSER-MOEST

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