Album: Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie... (Hänssler Profil)

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Semyon Bychkov'sreputation for meticulouspreparation is confirmedin this handsomerecording. From theheavy, Wagnerian silt ofthe opening, through thegymnastic offstage brassflourishes, the sweetwoodwind chording, theconflagration of thunderstormand sunset, WDRSinfonieorchester Kölndelivers a confident,disciplined performance."Till Eulenspiegels lustigeStreiche" is nimble, with aninvigorating violin solofrom a player who should,like the rest of theorchestra, have beennamed in the liner notes.