Reviewed on Thu 05 Jan, 2017
Sebastian Weigle's noble, defiantly unflashy and judiciously paced conception hits conspicuous heights in a raptly songful 'Sonnenuntergang' and profoundly touching 'Ausklang'.
Here is the fourth volume in Sebastian Weigle's series of orchestral music by Richard Strauss. Drawing alert and polished playing from his Frankfurt forces, Weigle proves a refreshingly thoughtful and meticulously observant guide across this rugged terrain, his patient and discerning approach paying handsome dividends early on during that lovely, reflective episode in 'Eintritt in den Wald' (which positively beams with affection here). Weigle also has the happy knack of bringing out the very real symphonic sinew underpinning Strauss's kaleidoscopic tone painting (in which respect the terrifying storm rivets the attention), and his noble, defiantly unflashy and judiciously paced conception hits conspicuous heights in a raptly songful 'Sonnenuntergang' and profoundly touching 'Ausklang' (where the woodwinds' and horns' meltingly lovely cantilena and violins' ineffably tender response are sure to activate the tear-ducts). Expertly pieced together from two live performances within Frankfurt's Alte Oper, and ripely captured by a production team from Hessischer Rundfunk, this is an Alpine Symphony that will both stimulate the mind and nourish the soul.