Herbert von Karajan conducts Strauss's Alpine Symphony

Berliner Philharmoniker

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Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony is closely connected with the Berliner Philharmoniker and its famous artistic director, the recording-technology-afficianado Herbert von Karajan. In 1981, their version of Strauss’s symphonic poem became one of the first works ever recorded on CD, and was then filmed two years later by Karajan's production company Telemondial. Particularly remarkable for its rich orchestration, the Alpine Symphony is one of Strauss’s most ambitious compositions, and describes a day of mountain-climbing in which, as the writer Boris Vian put it, “more than anywhere else, the view and the heart become one”.

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