“This is a spectacular performance by a firstrate world-class orchestra recorded in glorious high-definition sound.”
American Record Guide
“Marek Janowski appears to be working wonders with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for it plays here with amixture of American virtuosity and European culture that is particularly impressive…..This is an issue to recommend and return to.”
International Record Review
“Few works lend themselves better to the expanded sonic possibilities of SACD than Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, the final and most technically magnificent of his tone poems. This new account from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski enters a highly competitive field which includes very well received recent accounts from the Staatskappelle Dresden under Fabio Luisi on Sony, and the Concertgebouw under Mariss Jansons on the orchestra’s own label.
Janowski’s new reading, however, is so eminently intelligent and carefully crafted that it takes its place among the front-runners, its position bolstered by Pentatone’s exemplary engineering.”
“When it comes to the main work on the disc, the competition, even on SACD, is intense, including performances from three of the world’s greatest orchestras, The Wiener Philharmoniker (Christian Thielemann), the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Maris Jansons) and the Dresden Staatskapelle (FabioLuisi). However, the Pittsburgh Symphony has no need to fear comparison with any of the aforementioned illustrious bodies. The richness and unanimity of their brass section is immediately apparent in the opening ‘Nacht’ section and also when the ensuing ‘Sonnenaufgang’ bursts forth to reveal the orchestra’s glorious burnished horns. Elsewhere the glowing upper strings and trenchant basses impress, while the woodwind playing is alert and full of character.”
“PentaTone , aided by contributors from the Soundmirror recording team, has here displaced the classic recording by Zubin Mehta and the L.A. Philharmonic (London/Decca). And the newer one by André Previn and the Vienna Philharmonic (Telarc) as the best-sounding Alpensinfonie, and Janowski and the Pittsburghers give a performance competitive with the historic one by Rudolf Kempke and the Dresden Staatskapelle (EMI).”
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