Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor


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Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor


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4th Jan 2011




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Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

1877 version, ed. Leopold Nowak



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Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra take on Anton Bruckner’s Second Symphony – a work that is often regarded as the epitome of Romantic grandeur. This is the next instalment in the ‘Opening Doors’ series where Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra record Symphonic works.

On disc as well as in concert, Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra have attracted a growing international interest. The team regularly visit some of the world’s leading concert venues, and just recently their performance of Schumann’s Second Symphony at the BBC Proms made a great impact on audience and critics alike: “Dausgaard’s riveting way of embodying a rhythm rather than simply beating it was even more evident in the two Schumann pieces which book-ended the concert. The single movement from the unfinished G minor symphony was grippingly strange, and the great Second Symphony absolutely leapt off the page. It’s true Schumann does get very obsessed with a single rhythm in the opening movement, but here that just seemed like joie de vivre.”

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, WAB 102 (1877 version)

I. Ziemlich schnell

II. Andante: Feierlich, etwas bewegt

III. Scherzo: Schnell

IV. Finale: Mehr schnell

The Times

15th January 2011


“A Bruckner symphony played by a chamber orchestra?...Bruckner’s lyrical moments achieve a wonderful intimacy, while his quirky structures and changing textures knit together in a manner hard to duplicate with big forces. Dausgaard’s players, horns especially, revel in the spotlight. Refreshing.”

The Guardian

20th January 2011


“It's certainly revealing to hear Bruckner's textures opened out so that the inner voices are more audible, and the woodwind lines are for once not swaddled in huge pillows of string sound.”

The Observer

23rd January 2011

“Bruckner played by a chamber orchestra?...Yet when played with the transparency, flexibility and individual character of these admired Swedish musicians, the results are exhilarating...If you have an obstinate resistance to Brucknerian weightiness, this recording offers a fresh, totally unturgid approach.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2011


“This account is excellent - perfectly paced and balanced - and the smallish orchestra is all to the good in making Bruckner's stark originality clear. But it would be unfair to regard the work itself, or this fresh account of it, as primarily to be listened to for instruction. The Second is a lovable and absorbing work, to be treasured for itself.”

International Record Review

March 2011

“Dausgaard takes the opening movement as an unarguable though never inflexible Moderato...The Andante is the highlight of this performance...Although shorn of all its repeats, the Scherzo never feels too brief thanks to observance of its 'Mäßig schnell' marking and an astute interplay of its incisive and more capricious elements.”

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