Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|R. Strauss, Kord, Warsaw Phil|
Eine Alpensinfonie Op 64
Good but not the best
P. Weber | Los Angeles | 06/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let's dispell all the hype from David Hurwitz who has a tendency to rave about recordings that may sound good at first but don't always wear well. Some of Hurwitz' 10/10 ratings are, in my view, misplaced. This CD is good but doesn't match Zubin Mehta's first recording with the LA Philharmonic. Mehta is given better sound and has a better orchestra than Kord - just listen to that tuba. The organ and low brass in Kord's recording simply can't match the LA Phil on a beuatifully engineered Decca recording with vivid sound. Kord is good but he also has a tendency to rush through the parts I like. A good second choice."
Daniel Graser | Wappingers Falls, New York United States | 06/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hats off to David hurwitz over at classicstoday.com for recommending this recording. This is easily the most powerful, dramatic, sensitive and colorful recording of this wonderful symphony that I've ever heard. The fact that it is a live recording is all the more impressive. The Warsaw Philharmonic is one of the best kept secrets in the orchestra world. Powerful yet sensitive winds and lush, vibrant, and well-tuned strings combined with Maestro Kazimierz Kord's keen ear for balance and pacing make this work sing like never before. The mysterious opening night sequence is wonderfully paced right into the broad and powerful sunrise episode. The into the forest sequence and by the river episodes have fantastic percussion with authentic cowbells (just enough cowbell, no more). The climax of the work at the summit is once again broad, powerful and well-paced bringing home the sheer emotional release of this section. The storm sequence is quite simply the best there has ever been. I really cannot say enough about this fantastic recording except that it is the best performance (a live one at that) with fantastic recorded sound of an amazing orchestra under a brilliant conductor. Thanks to David Hurwitz for pointing this one out, this is better than anything Christian Thielemann or Herbert von Karajan have done with this piece."