Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 in E major

Wiener Symphoniker

18.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 7 in E major, Allegro moderato
21:53
2.
Symphony No. 7 in E major, Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
23:14
3.
Symphony No. 7 in E major, Scherzo. Sehr schnell
10:06
4.
Symphony No. 7 in E major, Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
12:41

Total time: 01:07:54

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186051

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Cables

van der Hul

Digital Converters

Meitner

Mastering Equipment

B&W Nautilus

Microphones

Schoeps Nk2, DPA 4006

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

Konzerthous, Vienna Austria

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date July 11, 2015

Press reviews

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.”

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.

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