Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Blomstedt, Haitink, Jansons, Maazel, BRSO

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Bruckner's symphonies form the backbone of Late Romantic symphonic music. Indeed, he can be said to have reinvented the symphony – something that not even...

Bruckner's symphonies form the backbone of Late Romantic symphonic music. Indeed, he can be said to have reinvented the symphony – something that not even Liszt or Wagner had dared to do in the wake of the groundbreaking masterpieces by Beethoven that until then had ranked as the climax and end-point of the genre. It was Bruckner and, somewhat later, Brahms who sought and found new methods of reviving the symphonic genre and developing it further. In this regard, Bruckner's approach was entirely new.

From the outset, he relied on the sound of the large orchestra, and rather than mixing the individual groups of instruments he tended to either separate them from each other or couple them together like organ registers. Terraced dynamics, that is, the immediate juxtaposition of piano and forte without transition, was also something Bruckner derived from the organ. As a church musician, he had close contact with these and other elements of Baroque music, and they flowed into his symphonies.

As far as dramaturgical development was concerned, he tended to favor Schubert; indeed, it was the organic continuation and alternating interconnection of themes Bruckner had learned from Schubert that also explains the unprecedented performance length of his symphonies.

Bruckner's Nine Symphonies are a constant in the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, as in those of all major orchestras. The special feature of the release being presented here by BR KLASSIK is that the recordings are conducted by not only one but a total of four conductors closely associated with the orchestra, all of them proven international Bruckner experts. More than in any other compilation, common features in interpretation (also due to the same orchestra) as well as fascinating differences due to the various interpretive approaches of the respective conductors can all be detected. In these recordings it also becomes clear what brilliant contributions Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel have made over the decades to Bruckner’s symphonic oeuvre.

REVIEW:

Here we have a marvelous collection of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies Nos. 1-9 played by the Bavarian Radio Symphony under the baton of four outstanding conductors. Lorin Maazel recorded the first two symphonies in 1999. He does not provide any new insights, but the performances are thrilling nevertheless. The fifth and sixth symphonies with Haitink are also wonderful interpretations, but Blomstedt’s Ninth and the recordings with Jansons are more fluent and warmer than the other performances. Blomstedt offers an interpretation aimed at salvation, without any fear of death. This positive view is good for the music, but also enables profound moments of contemplation. For Jansons one could summarize and say that Jansons inspires his orchestra to a breathtakingly intense playing. From the very beginning one feels the strong lyrical and luminous power providing an eloquent, rhetoric performance.

-- Pizzicato



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 19, 2019


  • UPC: 4035719007169


  • Catalog Number: BRK900716


  • Label: BR-KLASSIK


  • Number of Discs: 9


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Anton Bruckner


  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Bernhard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Blomstedt, Haitink, Jansons, Maazel



Works:


  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, WAB 101

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lorin Maazel


  2. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lorin Maazel


  3. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, WAB 103

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons


  4. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104, "Romantic"

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons


  5. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, WAB 105

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Bernhard Haitink


  6. Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Bernhard Haitink


  7. Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons


  8. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons


  9. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109

    Composer: Anton Bruckner

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt