Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
Vladimir Jurowski’s award-winning interpretation of Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin returns in a limited vinyl edition to celebrate the orchestra’s centenary anniversary, taking place in late October 2023. The Alpine Symphony was inspired by the composer’s experiences during a mountain trail, and is an audience favourite thanks to its picturesque, idyllic charm and powerfully evocative score. To Jurowski, the attraction of this piece lies not so much in the picturesque, but rather in Strauss’s Nietzschean embrace of living in the now and the transformative power of being in complete harmony with sublime nature. In that respect, this album shares a kinship not only with Jurowski’s previous recording of Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra (2017), but equally with his acclaimed interpretation of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (2020), in which he also recognizes a composer coming to terms with the mortality of man while celebrating the immortal nature of Life. Seen in this light, Strauss’s Alpine Symphony becomes much more than just an exquisitely scored postcard. The recording, first released in 2021, was crowned with an Opus Klassik Award in 2022.