Monday, November 23, 2009

Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Horn Concerto No - Civil, Kempe, Royal Philharmonic

Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Horn Concerto No 1 - Civil, Kempe,
Royal Philharmonic

Symphonic | single flac, cue | no log, cover | 1 CD, 333 MB
February 10, 2009 | Testament | RapidShare

It was a keenly anticipated event when, circa 1964, Rudolf Kempe and the RPO recorded the first commerical, stereo Alpensinfonie. In America it was released by RCA. Its beautiful cover, a Tyrolean green-bordered Kodachrome of the glacially-capped Matterhorn, was criticized as misleading; because scaling such a peak would certainly take longer than the one-day journey evoked by Strauss's music. (Mount Marcy or Mount Washington might be more fitting.) But this superbly recorded performance WAS a revelation. The RPO's playing is certainly not faultless, but still a vast improvement over the playing on Bohm's Dresden LP. There is also a sense of freshness and discovery in the RPO's playing - and for good reason because, outside of, say, Munich and Dresden, eine Alpensinfonie was NOT in the mainline orchestral repetoire.--Amazon

CD Content

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 (TrV 117) Alan Civil
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233)

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