An excellent performance of the Bruckner 5th with some odd mixing decisions for the multi-channel tracks.
BRUCKNER/ LUNA: “Bruckner Unknown” – [TrackList follows] – Ensemble ViennAyres/ Ensemble Weiz Linz/ Hard Chor Linz – Preiser
Fine scholarship meets fine musicians.
A well-played Bruckner Seventh with a reference level recording.
* BRUCKNER: Symphonies No. 4 in E-flat, “Romantic” (1874 original version); No. 7 in E; No. 8 in c (1887 original version) – Bavarian State Orch./ Kent Nagano – Farao Pure Audio Blu-ray
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A half-star corrective to last year’s release.
A welcome addition to the Bruckner catalog in high-definition sound.
Fantasies = SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major; BRUCKNER: Fantasie in G Major; ZEMLINSKY: Fantasien ueber Gedichte von Richard Dehmel; BRAHMS: Fantasien – Stanislav Khristenko, p. – Steinway & Sons
This “Fantasies” collection confirms Khristenko’s status as a firebrand Romantic pianist of the first order.
A high resolution rendering of this classic recording and performance.
An excellent recent multichannel video performance of the Bruckner Seventh.
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A ‘reference’ recording and performance of Bruckner’s unfinished 9th.
A lovely recording and performance of this worthwhile Bruckner Symphony.
BRUCKNER: Symphonies No. 4, “Romantic”; No. 7 in E; No. 8 – Bavarian State Orch./ Kent Nagano – Farao Classics (4 CDs)
Stunning readings from a conductor that doesn’t often stun—or do I need to rethink this?
Klemperer = MOZART: Symphony No. 40; BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 – New Philharmonia Orch./ Otto Klemperer – Testament (2 CDs)
The familiar conjunction in Klemperer’s repertory of Mozart and Bruckner proves as apocalyptic as the audience appreciation of the works themselves.
Otto Klemperer = BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major; SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” – New Philharmonia Orch./ Otto Klemperer – Testament (2 CDs)
The opportunity to display Klemperer’s capacity for monumental and transcendent architecture in Bruckner and Schubert renders a Royal Festival Hall audience in 1967 spellbound.
HAVERGAL BRIAN: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24; English Suite No. 1 – New Russia State Sym. Orch./ Alexander Walker – Naxos
Three symphonies from the busy English composer who created sprawling works in the style of Mahler, Bruckner and Elgar.
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A superbly crafted recording that hits on every level.
BRUCKNER: Mass No. 3 in f – Soloists/ Rundfunkchor Berlin/ Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Marek Janowski – Pentatone
With superb sound and excellent performances, there is little reason not to acquire this disc.
MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C Major; BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Herbert von Karajan – ICA Classics (2 CDs)
Herbert von Karajan leads the Vienna Philharmonic in London, 1962, a concert that critics at the time applauded for its “Noble Height” in Bruckner.
BRUCKNER: Complete Symphonies – Aachen Symphony Orch./ Marcus Bosch – Coviello Classics (10-disc set)
The first SACD recording of the complete symphonies is a rousing success for the most part.
SIGURD ISLANDSMOEN: Requiem; Kristiansand Symfoniorkester/Det Norkse Solistkor/soloists/ Terje Boye Hansen – 2L Records
Stirring work receives a bit of a revival.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica”; Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major; BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in C Minor – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Hans Knappertsbusch – IDIS (2 CDs)
Beethoven and Bruckner from the German “personality” Hans Knappertsbusch, whose ideas on matters of tempo and architecture will not appeal to all tastes, in spite of the VPO’s extraordinary discipline.
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3; MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” – Anny Felbermeyer, sop./ Sonja Dreksler, alto/ Austrian Radio Choir/ Vienna Sym. Orch./ F. Charles Adler – Music&Arts (2 mono CDs)
Two previously unreleased performances by F. Charles Adler testify to his authenticity in the great Viennese tradition which he inherited directly from Mahler.
Well considered, well performed, and very well done.