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Continuing their Bruckner cycle with Janowski and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, here is Symphony No.7. With Symphony No.8 PTC5196371 as the ‘benchmark recording’ on Radio 3’s Building a Library, this volume will be eagerly awaited.
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
“every orchestral department here delivers superbly, with gorgeously rich strings, mellow woodwind, and powerful brass. Janowski's conducting, too, combines a true sense of Brucknerian space with impressive purpose and drive...While there's formidable competition among recordings of this much-played symphony, this version holds its own superbly.”
“Janowski has forged an instrument that projects Bruckner's richly textured canvases with a combination of warmth, transparency and tonal weight, the brass sounding particularly impressive...Pentatone has provided Janowski and his Geneva forces with excellent sound. This is yet another significant step towards what I am convinced will eventually turn out to be one of the finest recorded Bruckner cycles of the 21st century.”
17th June 2011
“Attention must be paid: one of the most formidable veteran musicians of the modern age is being allowed to set down on disc performances of great authority...as with this imposing Bruckner 7 (in the Nowak edition), arrayed in dramatic Pentatone sound.”
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