For his debut recording with the Wiener Philharmoniker in 2000, conductor Christian Thielemann wisely chose Richard Strauss' tone poem Alpine Symphony. This praised recording, which has attained classic status in the meantime, is now available on vinyl for the very first time. Gramophone proclaimed that, "Thielemann and the VPO are on top form in an electrifying and highly illuminating reading. Thielemann's [Alpine Symphony] is, by a considerable margin, the finest account we have had since Karajan's (and is rather better played): the performers' emotional commitment is stamped on every bar...This is unquestionably Thielemann's finest release to date."
Richard Straus, composer
Christian Thielemann, conductor