Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major (2005)

Bruckner

Wiener Symphoniker

Yakov Kreizberg

What must drive a composer to vehemently refuse to allow one of his works - which has already enjoyed a tremendously successful premiere - to be performed again, in fact, to himself use sharp words to protest an already scheduled concert? The answer is not so difficult to find in late nineteenth centruy Vienna: he fears the equally famous and notorious Eduard Hanslick, the most important critic of the time. Anton Bruckner feared Hanslick, and he was right to do so: after all, the critic had turned into an antogonist, whose opinion and, especially, enormous influence could crush the career of a composer in the bud.

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Yakov Kreizberg

Yakov Kreizberg was a naturalized American conductor and pianist, born in Russia with the name Yakov Bychkov. A piano prodigy at age 5, he began composing by 13 and took up conducting lessons with Ilya Musin around the same time. When he emigrated to the United States in 1976, he was unable to bring his compositions with him, so out of frustration with Soviet policies, he gave up composing entirely and dedicated himself to conducting full-time.

Once settled in the United States, Kreizberg entered the Mannes College The New School for Music, where he studied with his brother, conductor Semyon Bychkov. (Kreizberg adopted his mother's maiden name shortly after graduation, to differentiate himself from his brother). Following graduate work at the University of Michigan with Gustav MeierKreizberg studied with Erich LeinsdorfSeiji Ozawa,Leonard Bernstein, and Michael Tilson Thomas, becoming the latter's assistant at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. In 1985, he returned to Mannes College to direct the school's orchestra and also conducted the New York City Symphony's concerts.

Having dual careers in conducting orchestral concerts and opera, Kreizberg served as general music director of the United Municipal Theaters of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach and as conductor of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. At the Berlin Comic Opera, he oversaw productions of standard repertoire as well as revivals of forgotten operas, and conducted many heavily attended concerts. He went on to conduct operas at Glyndebourne, the Canadian Opera Company, the English National Opera,Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Royal Opera House. His concert activities included performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," to critical acclaim. Additionally, Kreizberg appeared in the United States with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

After 2003, Kreizberg was chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as principle guest conductor of theVienna Symphony Orchestra. He recorded for Decca and PentaTone Classics. Yakov Kreizberg died on March 15, 2011, in Monaco at age 51, following a long illness.

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Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major (2005)

Bruckner

Wiener Symphoniker

    Musicweb International

"I realise it’s foolish to seek a ‘perfect performance’, but having first reeled at this one and then reflected on it I must declare it the most satisfying – the most complete – Bruckner Seventh I’ve ever heard. (....) Bruckner Sevenths don’t come much better than this; one for the desert island."

Dan Morgan[read full review]

    AllMusic

Of Anton Bruckner's 11 symphonies, the perennially popular Symphony No. 7 in E major is his most consistently melodious, evenly paced, and lyrically flowing, with comparatively few false starts, awkward pauses, or tedious fanfares. For this exceptional recording from PentaTone, Yakov Kreizberg and the Vienna Symphony deliver one of the smoothest and roundest performances of the symphony heard in years. Anyone who wants to hear the symphony played with full-blown emotions and lush, late-Romantic timbres need look no further. The reproduction on this album is especially gorgeous and enjoyable, so in the unlikely event that the performance disappoints, the sound is still first-rate and sure to delight audiophiles.

Blair Sanderson[read full review]

Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major (2005)

Bruckner

Wiener Symphoniker

Cables: van der Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner
Mastering Equipment: B&W Nautilus
Microphones: Schoeps Nk2, DPA 4006
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Konzerthous, Vienna Austria
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 7 in E major, Allegro moderato
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Symphony No. 7 in E major, Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
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Symphony No. 7 in E major, Scherzo. Sehr schnell
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Symphony No. 7 in E major, Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
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