||RICHARD STRAUSS - Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 - (An Alpine Symphony) - Frank Shipway (Conductor) -
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra - Hybrid SACD - 7318599919508 - Released: October 2012 - BIS SACD1950|
Who would ever have thought that a sequence of simple intervals - a descending third, followed by a descending fourth and fifth, all off the same principal note - could
evoke such strong emotions. They generally don't, but when given the Richard Strauss treatment of scoring them for horns, pitted against ascending
strings, they create quite a powerful and uplifting effect. It's no wonder Strauss used that deceptively awe-inspiring motif at the climactic point of this tone poem, to
represent the state of elation at reaching the summit after an arduous ascent and journey. In fact, the whole work is a masterpiece of orchestration and tone painting,
ranging from the darkest night to sunlit meadows, and a depiction of a thunderstorm that will make you want to run for cover.