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Discussion: Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Four Last Songs - Luisi

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Post by terence August 16, 2007 (1 of 50)
oh boy can i not wait for this! release on amazon.de of 14 September 2007.

Post by rosenkavalier817 August 16, 2007 (2 of 50)
terence said:

oh boy can i not wait for this! release on amazon.de of 14 September 2007.

Second that! =D

Post by Collectus August 16, 2007 (3 of 50)
terence said:

oh boy can i not wait for this! release on amazon.de of 14 September 2007.

As long as Sony haven't fouled up on the recording again!! I'm a bit nervous as you might expect

Post by peteyspambucket August 16, 2007 (4 of 50)
I think that on top of the obvious positive expectation of what Luisi usually does with Richard Strauss, the biggest draw on this is the contribution of Anja Harteros in Vier Letzte Lieder. I was lucky to catch her a few seasons ago at the MET where she did an amazing Marschallin that was detailed, lyrical, and powerful. She followed that run with a series of equally magical Nozze Countessas.

This is potentially a dream album, and I'm very excited about it.

Post by terence August 19, 2007 (5 of 50)
peteyspambucket said:

I think that on top of the obvious positive expectation of what Luisi usually does with Richard Strauss, the biggest draw on this is the contribution of Anja Harteros in Vier Letzte Lieder. I was lucky to catch her a few seasons ago at the MET where she did an amazing Marschallin that was detailed, lyrical, and powerful. She followed that run with a series of equally magical Nozze Countessas.

This is potentially a dream album, and I'm very excited about it.

thanks for this info. my appetite is now further whetted.

Post by terence September 16, 2007 (6 of 50)
my copy of this arrived from JPC yesterday.

first impressions are that it's another wonderful instalment in this wonderful series.

more later, hopefully.

Post by terence September 19, 2007 (7 of 50)
definitely a superb performance of alpine symphony.

on to 4 last songs now....

Post by Daland September 19, 2007 (8 of 50)
terence said:

definitely a superb performance of alpine symphony.

on to 4 last songs now....

A superb performance, perhaps, but no superb sound. Lack of presence, lack of transparency, lack of bloom and, most importantly, lack of bass. Sony have yet to produce a DSD recording that can match Pentatone, Channel or Telarc. Dresden's Lukaskirche is an ideal recording venue, but the sonic result is disappointing.

Post by terence September 20, 2007 (9 of 50)
odd how perceptions differ, as they undoubtedly do. i found this a good example of "good seat in concert hall" recording - nice wide soundstage, no artificial spot-miking, plenty of bloom when the orchestration becomes thicker, no sacrifice of telling wind detail (which luisi is very good at highlighting). i'd describe it as a very natural sound, involving yet unfatiguing.

i enjoy many telarc recordings, but their bass (e.g. drums) is very obviously engineered to sound "spectacular", and not at all what you'd hear in most concert halls. that's fine, and exciting for home listening, but it's not the only way to do it. i think sony have judged the alpensinfonie very nicely, and i find this a highly satisfying recording from all aspects.

Post by Windsurfer September 20, 2007 (10 of 50)
terence,

I really appreciate your post because Daland's had completely discouraged me from buying this. Now I will see for myself how it is.

Bruce

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