Minnesota Orchestra; Edo de Waart, conductor
recorded on April 5, 6 & 7, 1989 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota
This is a reissue of An Alpine Symphony Richard Strauss; Virgin Classics VC 7 91102-2 260 422-231 (compact disc); VC 7 91102-4 410 422-630 (cassette)
"…both Edo de Waart and Zubin Mehta in these new discs find a near-ideal balance between the pictorial and symphonic aspects." "Its orchestration takes the breath away at each hearing, it is so assured and so perfectly accomplished. De Waart's interpretation is as lyrical as any I know, revelling in the long lines of melody and making something really eerie and mysterious in the ''Elegy'' before the ''Storm''. His tempos are a trifle slow, as if relishing the scenery to the full. The Minnesota Orchestra plays superbly for him…the brass and woodwind are first class. The Virgin recording is up to standard, with rich sound and a wide dynamic range…" "In both recordings, incidentally, one of the highlights is the beautiful playing of the woodwind and brass in the passage scored for them alone in ''Waning tones'' (Ausklang)…"