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Mountaineer, explorer and author Reinhold Messner joins Robin Ticciati and the DSO Berlin in Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony on DG Stage

DG Stage Robin Ticciati, Reinhold Messner and the DSO Berlin present Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony
06/04/2021
In a concert recorded at Berlin’s Tempodrom, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and its chief conductor Robin Ticciati present Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. Joining them to talk about his life as a climber and explorer is the legendary Reinhold Messner, famed for having made the first solo ascent of Everest and for being the first mountaineer to conquer all 14 “eight-thousanders”. 
Strauss’s tone poem calls for huge forces, and there are over 120 musicians taking part here. The 22 sections of the work portray a day-long hike in the mountains. The ascent begins as night fades and the sun rises – the music then takes us through forests and alpine pastures (complete with birdsong, sheep and cowbells), past a waterfall (depicted by harps and celesta) and over a glacier to the summit. The elation felt at conquering the peak is followed by a more rapid descent, punctuated by a huge thunderstorm. Finally, the sun begins to set and, just before nightfall, an epilogue captures the feelings of having communed with nature at its most awe-inspiring. The Tempodrom’s size and acoustics are perfectly suited to this monumental work and, in an experimental set-up, the orchestra is seated in a huge circle, with Ticciati conducting from the centre.
“I was fascinated to combine Messner’s psychological analysis of a climb with the pictorial, almost cinematic, scoring that Strauss uses. There is a ‘new-classical music’ emerging which has been born out of this pandemic. It revolves around ‘attitude’ and asking questions of ourselves as artists. A new service for composer and audience: a new entertainment.” – Robin Ticciati