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Anton Bruckner (1824-96)

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 7 in E Major


Christian Thielemann is widely regarded as the leading Brucknerian of our age, and his performances with the Munich Philharmonic, of which he has been music director since 2004, enjoy cult status all over the world.

PICTURE: 16:9

SOUND: PCM STEREO, DTS-HD MA 5.1

RUNNING TIME; 156 MINUTES

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This Blu-ray features performances of Bruckner´s two most popular works, the Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7, which he interprets as sublime cathedrals of late Romantic music, impressing his listeners in ways that few other conductors can do.

“Christian Thielemann is the most gifted German conductor." Financial Times

“There are some thrilling successes - the climaxes of both slow movements in particular” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ***

“Dynamic control is masterly, paragraphs are clearly marked, silences fully exploited, climaxes expertly tiered...Agnes Meth's video direction is excellent. As reportage it is superb, as a piece of visually conceived musical analysis the camerawork outscores even the finest programme essay” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“The overriding impression is of breadth. The movement timings show him to be towards the slower end of the spectrum...At the end of each work there are little nods of approval between the players. Thielemann certainly has them with him rather than against him - they watch him closely. I cannot praise their playing too highly. Incidentally, the violins are divided, giving lots of nice antiphonal affects.” MusicWeb International, 9th September 2013

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Filmed at the Philharmonie Munich, 2. & 3.9.2016


Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden have already released the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and continue their Bruckner Cycle at the Philharmonie in Munich with a ‘radiant and majestic’ (The Guardian) performance of the Symphony No. 3, also known as the ‘Wagner Symphony’. Thielemann, a more than experienced Bruckner interpreter, has once again proven himself, with masterly control over a shining wind section. With ‘moments of disruptive suspense and intense audio density he displays the full musical maelstrom of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3’ (Münchner Merkur).

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 68 mins

“Thielemann’s approach to tempos is slightly more flexible than in [his recording of] the Fourth Symphony, although his choices are judiciously handled and do not detract from the overall sense of line…the orchestral playing is in a class of its own, superbly balanced and exquisitely articulated” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Live recording from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria, 2012


When it comes to shaping a musical event for the ears and the eyes, the monumental majesty of Anton Bruckner’s (1824–1896) symphonies and the exhilarating vibrancy of St. Florian’s monastery in Austria are a perfect match – especially when they are captured on film so thrillingly by such an eminent director as Brian Large.

The Fourth Symphony marks a major milestone in Bruckner’s attempt to establish a symphonic design suitable to sustain his innovative musical thought. Not surprisingly, the score was subjected to extensive revisions. The Fourth, in fact, represents the most convoluted revision history of all his symphonies – and this for a composer for whom variant editions of a work, often involving substantial changes, became the norm. The result is that the identification of the “authentic” final score that should be performed is a matter of ongoing debate for many of his symphonies – in particular the Fourth.

Franz Welser-Möst, the Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra and General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, is an acknowledged Bruckner specialist who has developed a passion for the composer’s Fourth Symphony – called the “Romantic” by its creator – in its infrequently played first edition (1888/89).

The Cleveland Orchestra, called the most European of America’s prestige formations, has been setting new standards in Bruckner interpretation for several years now through the “expertise” of Franz Welser-Möst, who “elicits a grandiose interpretation from his technically unsurpassable ensemble … It was an excellent concert … as anticipated.” (Austria’s leading daily, Die Presse).

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

Running Time: 74 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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“There can be no question that the Cleveland Orchestra play superbly throughout and that Welser-Möst is every inch the master interpreter. He directs a very grand view of Bruckner's great work. Special mention must be made of the wonderful viola section, but everyone plays their hearts out such that even the conductor is visibly moved at several points in the finale.” MusicWeb International, 25th June 2013

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

1881 version, ed. R. Haas


Recorded live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 23 May 2015

After the release of the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9 with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bruckner cycle is continued with Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”, one of Bruckner’s most popular work. It is played here in the presumed original version recovered by Robert Haas, which differs considerably from the first published score, accepted by Bruckner as a stopgap only so that the work could easily be performed. The press cheered the performance: “Tone paintings of the finest quality.”

Picture format: 1080i High Definition

Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 75 mins

No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)

“Thielemann keeps a firm grip on dynamic levels – ppp really means ppp – and the hushed playing is exquisitely rendered. The depth of sonority of horns, trombones and pizzicato double basses at 32’26” (just before fig M) is just one of the many outstanding moments, and the Scherzo’s brief Trio, delicately shaded and imbued with pastoral warmth, is similarly memorable” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Nowak edition


at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer 2011

“Abbado’s approach to the music of Bruckner is soft and songlike, at times tense and urgent, but constantly filled with warmth of feeling” – not only the Neue Zürcher Zeitung is full of praise when Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra play Bruckner.

Their interpretation of his awe-inspiring Fifth Symphony reflects the composer’s burgeoning powers and exquisite compositional artistry. As The Guardian poetically states: “The composer himself, one suspects, might have leapt to embrace Abbado as an ideal interpreter.”

Picture Format DVD: 16:9 NTSC

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Sound Formats DVD: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

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Running Time: 80:33 min

Disc Format: BD 25

“This performance curtails the silences in the interests of the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado’s linear approach...This is Bruckner sunny side up, lending a molto espressivo bloom to the string cantilenas in the opening movement and a con amore sparkle to the brass chorales. The orchestra, combining old friends and young talents, radiates a fabulously chamber-musical quality.” Financial Times, 2nd June 2012 ****

GGramophone Awards 2012

Best of Category - DVD Performance

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Nowak 1951, 3rd revised edition 2005


Nikolaus Harnoncourt first appeared with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1975. His interpretations have contributed greatly to its performance tradition of Bach’s 'St Matthew' and 'St John' Passions. Over the years, he steadily expanded his repertoire of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to include Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, Smetana and Bruckner. He was appointed honorary guest conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in October 2000. With the exceptional performance on this DVD, Mr. Harnoncourt bid farewell to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra after a collaboration spanning 38 years and 276 concerts.

“His approach is indeed monumental, but more architectural than spiritual...if you appreciate Harnoncourt’s way with this music — and it is a valid approach — then this blu-ray is recommended for the visual as well as the audio aspects.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major


Following their recording of the 8. Symphony, Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden are continuing their internationally acclaimed Bruckner cycle with Symphony No. 5. Star conductor Christian Thielemann once again shows his talent for the German Romantic repertoire with a highly acclaimed interpretation of Bruckner´s Symphony No. 5.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM 2.0 dts-HD MA 5.1

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 90 MINS

“in the glorious surroundings of the Semper Oper and with this staggering orchestra, the brass playing of which has been celebrated by everyone since Wagner, there is both tension and relaxation...The audience was evidently stunned, and so am I.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 *****

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Semperoper Dresden, September 2015


Since taking up his post as principal conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle in 2012, Christian Thielemann has launc hed each new concert season with a Bruckner symphony. In autumn 2015 he chose the Sixth for the opening concert at Dresden’s historic Semperoper, and for the Sächsische Zeitung this performance marked 'another Bruckner triumph for Dresden'. Thielemann once more 'conjured up the most magical of sonorities' and 'the orchestra played magnificently under him' (Der Neue Merker).

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 63 mins

“…the playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden is everything one could wish for, both on a soloistic level and as an ensemble unified in a common goal. Melodic lines and inner voices are beautifully articulated, and the blending of the brass is an art form in itself.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“The film presentation is traditional: this is a straightforward film of a concert performance, blessedly free of any gimmickry. The pictures are sharp and always relevant to what we are hearing. The Blu-ray sound is excellent. In every respect this is a very distinguished account of Bruckner’s Sixth.” MusicWeb International, 17th April 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 & Wolf: Lieder

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 & Wolf: Lieder

Recorded live at Semperoper Dresden, September 2012


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Strauss, R:

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Wolf, H:

Verborgenheit (No. 12 from Mörike-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Er ist's (No. 6 from Mörike-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Elfenlied (No. 16 from Mörike-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mignon II 'Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt' (No. 6 from Goethe-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)


The Dresden Staatskapelle has a living Bruckner tradition, stretching back a century and more, which is lovingly curated by its new music director, Christian Thielemann, who is himself a powerful advocate for the composer’s symphonies as the pinnacle of the Austro-German tradition; and in particular for the Wagnerian resonances of the Seventh, whose Adagio was shaped by news of Wagner’s death in Venice. Hugo Wolf was also deeply affected by that news; his songs, like Bruckner’s symphonies, can be seen as oblique reflections on the influence of Wagner, especially when sung, as they are here by Renée Fleming, with the utmost delicacy and intimacy.

Christian Thielemann’s first concert as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Both Thielemann and Fleming are renowned interpreters of Romantic repertoire.

Bruckner’s 7th Symphony premiered in 1884 to universal acclaim & established him as a serious composer of symphonic music, Wolf’s Songs were composed four years later.

Wolf was a great admirer of Bruckner and both idolized Wagner, whose influence is felt in the 7th Symphony.

Running time: 106 minutes

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Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Thielemann's interpretation of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony is majestic and clean, as expected, though it falls just short of the cumulative power that the audience's warm reception suggests. The camera's close scrutiny underlines how minimal his conducting can be.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 ****

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Live Recording from The Severance Hall, Cleveland, 2008


With the mighty build-ups and monumental fortissimi of Bruckner‘s Seventh, Welser-Möst and his Clevelanders have their work cut out for them. And they do not disappoint. The most popular, and perhaps most easily accessible, of Bruckner‘s symphonies, the Seventh casts its spell on the audience with its clear-cut architecture and the wealth and fullness of its melodies. From the sweeping opening theme of the first movement to the victorious chords of the finale, the Cleveland Orchestra and its conductor deliver a magisterial reading of Bruckner‘s masterpiece.

Cleveland‘s Severance Hall is the venue for this performance. This hall, an eclectic yet elegant mix of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Classicism, Egyptian Revival and Modernism was inaugurated in 1931 and is still hailed today as one of the world‘s most beautiful concert halls. The Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, began its ascent to the upper ranks of the world‘s ensembles after it moved to Severance Hall in 1931.

BONUS: Introduction by Franz Welser-Möst

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Languages: GB, DE (Bonus)

Running Time: 66 mins + 14 mins (Bonus)

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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“Welser-Möst comes over a trifle detached and his superb orchestra seem more determined than inspired...On the positive side the orchestral balance Welser-Möst achieves is excellent, giving appropriate weight to the complex lines of Bruckner's argument...this is a very fine Bruckner 7 and probably the best produced HD video we currently have.” MusicWeb International, January 2012

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