HD Vinyl 96/24 (Decca) Richard Strauss – Alpine Symphony (Solti)

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George Solti had a long and illustrious tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many of his recordings were definitive. For example his Mahler’s and Beethoven’s Symphonies are ranked by many including me as some of the very best ever recorded. Some critics have faulted Solti’s interpretation of this work for its headlong tempos. They do take some getting used to if your paradigm is Karajan or Kempe; but if you have sometimes found this work rather long-winded, a quick sprint to the summit and back may prove more enjoyable than a moderate trudge. Solti lingers enough to evoke atmosphere, even if he’s more interested in conveying the evanescent dramatic tensions that course through this work. The more I hear it, the more I like Solti’s approach, though I realize that it might not be for everyone. If you’ve never heard the work before, rest assured that there is never a dull moment in Solti’s version.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Sinfonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac

# Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 858 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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