Bruckner Symphony no. 1

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Anton Bruckner, born in the Austrian village of Ansfelden on 4 September 1824, first worked as assistant schoolmaster at an unsightly school in an equally unsightly hamlet not far away called Windhaag, near Linz. When he took his last breath on 11 October 1896 as one of the greatest composers Austria ever produced, in a tiny chamber (Kustodenstöckl) of the Viennese palace of Belvedere that had kindly been placed at his disposal by the imperial court, the finale of his Ninth Symphony was well under way but still unfinished. Although the rapid advance of industrialisation has made great incursions here and there on the Upper Austrian landscape, and although the ravages of time have eaten away at the integrity of Bruckner’s Lebensraum, there are still more than enough sites to be found which could certainly have formed a backdrop to his early symphonies. In that sense, listening to the First Symphony is a trip of discovery through Bruckner’s countryside, within the triangle formed by Ansfelden (birthplace), St. Florian (with its famous Stift, where Bruckner, first as a choirboy and later as a mature musician, found the much-needed distance from the workaday world to play the extremely beautiful organ) and lastly Linz, with its majestic Cathedral, where Bruckner held the not inconsiderable post of organist until 1868. The powerful organ tones, with their unsuspected force, would be heard like glorious sound pillars in his symphonic epos.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony no. 1 in C minor - Edition Nowak (Linzer Fassung, 1866)- Allegro
13:22
2.
Symphony no. 1 in C minor - Edition Nowak (Linzer Fassung, 1866)- Adagio
16:09
3.
Symphony no. 1 in C minor - Edition Nowak (Linzer Fassung, 1866)- Scherzo. Schnell _ Trio. Langsamer
08:07
4.
Symphony no. 1 in C minor - Edition Nowak (Linzer Fassung, 1866)- Finale. Bewegt, feurig
13:42

Total time: 00:51:20

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech

Composers

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Microphones

sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

MCO Hilverusm Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

CC72556

Release Date June 6, 2015
SKU CC72556

Press reviews

All Music

In this recording of the 1866 Linz version, edited by Leopold Nowak, Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra give a clear-headed and vigorous performance that is one of the finest available. This release is an outstanding audiophile presentation that demonstrates the originality of Bruckner’s early symphonies and makes the case for the value of the earliest versions. Van Zweden is an eloquent interpreter of this music, meticulous with rhythm and timing,
yet fully expressive in his interpretation without resorting to excessive rubato or exaggerated phrasing. Instead, he delivers a fiery reading that is exciting for
its propulsive energy and impressive sonorities, and listeners will come away convinced of the symphony’s coherence and true value in Bruckner’s canon.

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