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STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) / Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten (Sao Paulo Symphony, Shipway)

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release date: December 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Shipway, Frank

Frank Shipway



Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 75:59
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STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) / Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten (Sao Paulo Symphony, Shipway)

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Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233

1 Nacht (Night) - 3:01
2 Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise) - 1:31
3 Der Anstieg (The Ascent) - 2:15
4 Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) - 5:32
5 Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brook) - 0:43
6 Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) - 0:15
7 Erscheinung (Apparition) - 0:49
8 Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows) - 0:56
9 Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture) - 2:20
10 Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth) - 1:32
11 Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier) - 1:16
12 Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) - 1:36
13 Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit) - 4:54
14 Vision - 3:34
15 Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) - 0:23
16 Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) - 1:02
17 Elegie - 2:26
18 Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the Storm) - 3:03
19 Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent) - 3:44
20 Sonnenuntergang (Sunset) - 3:01
21 Ausklang (Final Sounds) - 6:29
22 Nacht (Night) 2:08

Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten, TrV 234a

 Frank Shipway Conductor
 Shipway, Frank

Called a ‘symphony’ by its composer, Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony is nevertheless a symphonic poem, and as such it is the last in a series of works that includes such masterpieces as Don Juan, Also sprach Zarathustra and Ein Heldenleben. In 1900, when Strauss first mentioned any plans for the work, he spoke of a symphonic poem in two parts that would begin with a sunrise in Switzerland. When he returned to the idea some ten years later, the work soon grew so vast that he decided to be content with one single movement, depicting the ‘worship of eternal glorious nature’. To regard the Alpensinfonie simply as an impression of landscape would be a mistake, however. It does make use of Strauss’ entire repertoire of orchestral pictorialism, but behind it are ideas much less simple: nature is being worshipped in the intoxicated spirit of Nietzsche’s superman, the liberation of the soul is achieved through hard work – the climber’s struggle to gain the mountaintop. 
The work is divided into 22 sections that flow in an unbroken sequence, marking the ascent and descent of the mountain, from before sunrise to after sunset. It was scored for the largest orchestra ever used by Strauss for a purely orchestral piece, and he later said that it was in the Alpine Symphony that he had ‘finally learned how to orchestrate’. The experience must in any case have been useful when he composed his next work, the opera Die Frau ohne Schatten, with an even more opulent orchestration. The opera was premièred in 1919, but it wasn’t until 1946 that Strauss, in his 82nd year, returned to the score in order to make his Symphonic Fantasy, based on high points from the opera.
These huge, and enormously colourful works are performed here by the eminent São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, whose highly praised recordings of the Choros by Villa-Lobos have been described as ‘an orgy of colours and rhythms’ (Diapason) and ‘an assured blend of lush colours, pulsating rhythms and supple phrasing’ (International Record Review). The orchestra is conducted by Frank Shipway, with fine credentials in late-Romantic Austro-German repertoire.

                 BBC Orchestral Choice

Performance *****      Recording *****

"Frank Shipway moulds his strings to suit every occasion ... I’d be very happy to hear more Strauss from this remarkable team."

David Nice - BBC Music magazine - March 2013

                   Artistic quality 10           Sound Quality 10

"...All are well worth hearing—and repeating. Highly recommended."
David Vernier - - January 2013

 "...Very highly recommended!"

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Musical Sentinel - November 2012

 "... I don’t know of a more exciting account on disc. BIS’s engineers lay it all out in cinemascopic splendour ..."

Edward Seckerson - Gramophone magazine - January 2013

 "This is remarkably intelligent coupling ... it enhances a particularly interesting, not to say important, release... Shipway, whose reputation in the opera houses of Europe and elsewhere is of the highest, clearly understands the background to, and nature of, this orchestral fantasy and he inspires his players to give a fully committed account of a technically very difficult score. The Sao Paulo Orchestra responds admirably to the composer’s demands, with a fine woodwind section of notable clarity and expressive quality. This is a very difficult score to bring off satisfactorily ... Shipway succeeds totally, and the result is a disc of more  than uncommon interest and value which I recommend unreservedly."

Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - January 2012


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