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Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9 (complete)

Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9 (complete)

Live-Recording: Philharmonie im Gasteig, January-March 1999, Munich


Booklet: English, German

In a spectacular concert cycle from January to March 1999, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Lorin Maazel played the complete symphonies of Bruckner in Munich’s Philharmonie in the Gasteig. Maazel had at his disposal an ensemble with a long, impressive Bruckner tradition dating back to Eugen Jochum. The founding father and first Chief Conductor of the orchestra ranks as one of the most significant Bruckner conductors in the interpretive history of these works.

The chronological compactness of the recording process, which guaranteed a unified artistic signature is the outstanding feature of this compete recording vis-à-vis many of the versions from the competition.

An occupation with Bruckner’s complete works is an overwhelming experience for today’s listeners. With an enthralling effect the series develops from the stylistic variety of the early symphonies all the way to the ultimate clarity of the musical language in the unfinished Ninth Symphony.

Complete Bruckner recording made by an orchestra with an outstanding Bruckner tradition.

The chronological compactness of two months guarantees a unified artistic signature.

The only complete Bruckner recording with Lorin Maazel.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie, 12.02.2010


When people speak of Brucknerian “cathedral edifices”, then this description best applies to his 5th Symphony in B-flat major. This work ranks as a paradigm of the most complicated polyphony in symphonic writing and concurrently as a stirring confession of faith.

The yearning for divine light, for hope and faith – these ideas are communicated in the music and directly touch the listener.

This recorded concert document was made in January of 2010 during a guest appearance by Bernard Haitink, one of the most renowned conductors world-wide, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The concert recording was made at the highest level of technology as a hybrid SACD with multi-channel and stereo sound.

Bernard Haitink, one of the most celebrated podium personalities of the present day.

Recent live recording from January of 2010 in the highest possible sound quality as an SACD.

Document of an enthusiastically received performance in Munich, the city with the special Bruckner tradition.

“Haitink's well-nigh perfect grip on the work, and the magnificent playing of the orchestra, make this a memorable experience. The Bavarian brass are quite especially rich and deep in sound, while the strings, compared say with the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonics, are rather lean. This mixture is ideal in this work” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“He brings his usual peerless virtues to the performance – a wonderful sense of spaciousness and an impeccable grasp of the work’s architecture. And what a sound the orchestra makes for him, with its glowing strings and warm woodwind. The brass deserve a special mention for the magnificent slabs of sound they throw out with utter confidence.” The Telegraph, 3rd February 2011 ****

“the works if magnificently played by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and it's worth noting that the sound on this BR Klassik release is magnificent too. What impresses most is Haitink's conception of the piece. His view of the finale is not as heaven-storming as that of some of his predecessors, but instead there's a slightly gentler kind of exultation that I find extremely effective.” International Record Review, March 2011

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major


A world-class orchestra, one of the most significant conductors of our time and a concert hall, where the unmatchable acoustics enjoy a legendary reputation: in this Bruckner recording, all the parameters are just right! The audiophile SACD technology finally guarantees that the musical energy this orchestra unleashes has been preserved unfettered and with total transparency on the silver disc.

Not just since placing sixth in Gramaphone’s much-cited orchestral ranking have Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks been regarded as an artistic team that complements one another in their individual qualities and reaches a musical level surpassing many of the most famous top international ensembles. Right from its world première, Bruckner’s Seventh was an instant audience success. Its deeply stirring slow movement was dedicated in Bruckner’s own hand to the “highly blessed, deeply beloved, immortal” Richard Wagner, who died in Venice while Bruckner was working on the symphony.

“…some of the deepest insights occur in pastoral or contemplative passages: the woodwind-violins exchanges in the coda of the Adagio, the tender rumination of the Scherzo's central trio, and most of all the symphony's hushed, magical opening.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 ****

“As always with Jansons's Bruckner, the performance is broadly based yet purposeful.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

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Rafael Kubelík conducts Bruckner

Rafael Kubelík conducts Bruckner

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Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


Rafael Kubelík enriched the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks primarily with works by Czech composers and 20th century music. However, during his period as chief conductor of the orchestra, he also fostered the traditional German romantic repertoire with which the ensemble had made a name for itself as far back as its founding years under Eugen Jochum. In May of 1977 Kubelík conducted Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor at a concert in Munich’s Herkulessaal, the recording of which is now being released. In a review in Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, the orchestra was rated as equal in rank to such famous Bruckner orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.

A document of the Bruckner tradition that linked Rafael Kubelík with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

A new remastering brings out the best possible sound quality from the master tape from 1977.

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 12th May 1977

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