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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van der Hul
Schoeps Nk2, DPA 4006
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Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Konzerthous, Vienna Austria
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|Release Date||July 11, 2015|
“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.”
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.
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