Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64), Tod und Verklarung, Op. 24 (2020)

Strauss

Vasily Petrenko, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko

PETRENKO AND THE OSLO PHILHARMONIC CONCLUDE THEIR STRAUSS CYCLE

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko offer the third and last release in the series of recordings of Richard Strauss’s orchestral music. On this album the listener is presented with the tone poems “Eine Alpensinfonie”, Op. 64 and “Tod und Verklärung”, Op. 24.

The Oslo Philharmonic, under the baton of chief conductor Petrenko, reaped glowing reviews in Norway and abroad for their first two recordings in this Strauss series: LWC1166 (“Also Sprach Zarathustra” and “Ein Heldenleben”) and LWC1184 (“Don Quixote”, “Don Juan” and “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche”). Both releases were selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine!

Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant figures on the classical music scene today, and he has won numerous accolades for his recordings of the Russian repertoire, including two Gramophone Awards. With Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra he has recorded works of Shostakovich, Szymanowski, Strauss, and Prokofiev, as well as a large cycle of orchestral works of Alexander Scriabin.

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra first saw the light of day in 1919, and over the next half-century, the orchestra’s reputation grew steadily. In 1979 the conductor’s baton passed to Mariss Jansons, and under his leadership, Oslo Philharmonic achieved its full potential and became a rival to the great philharmonic orchestras of Vienna, Berlin and New York.

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Vasily Petrenko

After just one week working with Vasily Petrenko in 2009, the Oslo Philharmonic invited the Russian conductor to be its fifteenth Principal Conductor. At a landmark concert in Oslo on 28 August 2013, Petrenko was inaugurated in his new role conducting Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive. He became famous for his transformative work at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United Kingdom, where he refashioned the orchestra’s sound, reconnected the organization to its home city and presided over a huge increase in ticket sales. He quickly came to represent a new generation of conductors ready to combine their uncompromising artistic work with a passion for communication and inclusion. Vasily was born in St Petersburg in 1976 and trained at the city’s famous conservatoire. As a student, he took part in a masterclass with Mariss Jansons, the conductor who helped establish the Oslo Philharmonic as one of the great orchestras of the world. After winning a handful of competitions, Vasily became Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and later principal guest conductor at the city’s Mikhailovsky Theatre. Vasily is one of the most acclaimed classical recording artists alive and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramo-phone awards. In 2017 he received the Gramophone Award Artist of the Year. With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded Shostakovich and Szymanowski concertos, Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, and a major new cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin, of which this release is the last in the series of three CDs. Vasily has conducted the London, Sydney, Chicago, Vienna, San Francisco, and NHK Symphony Orchestras as well as the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In February 2018 he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has conducted at the Zurich, Paris and Hamburg Operas and at Glyndebourne. At Oslo Konserthus, Vasily provides the backbone of the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series. He has conducted the orchestra in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Dublin, Paris, Tokyo, Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Santander, Hong Kong and Taipei.

photo: from booklet Scriabin Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

On 27 September 1919, a new orchestra took to the stage of the old Logan Hall in Oslo to give its first public concert. Conductor Georg Schnéevoigt presided over thrilling performances of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Christian Sinding’s First Symphony. After forty years of making-do, the Norwegian capital had at last got the orchestra it deserved. The Oslo Philharmonic was born. 

In the eight months that followed, the Oslo Philharmonic gave 135 concerts, most of which sold out. It tackled passionate Mahler, glistening Debussy and thrusting Nielsen. Soon, world famous musicians were coming to conduct it, relishing its youth and enthusiasm. Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel visited Oslo to coach the musicians through brand new music. National broadcaster NRK began to hang microphones at the orchestra’s concerts, transmitting them to the whole of Norway. 

 

Over the next half-century, the Oslo Philharmonic’s reputation grew steadily. Then, in 1979, it changed forever. A young Latvian arrived in Norway, taking the orchestra apart section-by-section, putting it back together a finely tuned machine with a whole new attitude. Under Mariss Jansons, the orchestra became a rival to the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York. It was soon playing everywhere, from Seattle to Salzburg, Lisbon to London. Back home in Oslo, it got a modern, permanent concert hall of its own. In 1986, EMI drew up the largest orchestral contract in its history, ensuring the world would hear the rich, visceral sound of the Oslo Philharmonic. 

 

 

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Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64), Tod und Verklarung, Op. 24 (2020)

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Vasily Petrenko, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Producer: Andrew Walton
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden, Vegard Landaas
Recording location: OSLO CONCERT HALL, 17–21 OCTOBER, AND 29 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2017
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - I. Nacht. Lento
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - II. Sonnenaufgang. Festes Zeitmass massig langsam
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - III. Der Anstieg. Sehr lebhaft und energisch
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - IV. Eintritt in den Wald
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - V. Wanderung neben dem Bache
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - VI. Am Wasserfall. Sehr lebhaft
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - VII. Erscheinung
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - VIII. Auf blumige Wiesen. Sehr lebhaft
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - IX. Auf der Alm. Massig schnell
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - X. Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XI. Auf dem Gletscher. Festes sehr lebhaftes Zeitmass - un poco
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XII. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke. A tempo lebhafter als vorher
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XIII. Auf dem Gipfel
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XIV. Vision. Fest und gehalten
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XV. Nebel steigen auf. Etwas weniger breit
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XVI. Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XVII. Elegie. Moderato espressivo
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XVIII. Stille vor dem Sturm
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XIX. Gewitter und Sturm. Abstieg. Schnell und heftig
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XX. Sonnenuntergang
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XXI. Ausklang - Etwas breit und getragen
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Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64 TrV 233 - XXII. Nacht - Breit sehr langsam
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00:02:11   N/A
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Tod und Verklarung Op. 24 TrV 158
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