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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 with Completed Finale (Revised Version) / Schaller, Philharmonie Festiva

Release Date: 04/12/2019 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 18030  
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Gerd Schaller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonie Festiva
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gerd Schaller writes of this new release: “Although extremely numerous and insightful, the surviving fragments of this movement, which were left at various stages of development, present a very incomplete picture of Bruckner’s Ninth. Nevertheless, throughout the decades in which I have theoretically and practically (as a conductor) studied Bruckner’s works, I have always found it regrettable that these fascinating sketches and ideas might never be played at all simply because they were not left in a playable form. Before I embarked on the task of filling in and completing the final movement, I did of course have to consider whether aspiring to finish such a masterpiece as Bruckner’s Ninth might be seen as somewhat presumptuous. A further Read more exploration of the Ninth Symphony in the run-up to a performance is what eventually prompted me to assemble the final movement. Whilst it might be seen as presumption, I believed it to be altogether possible and even desirable to incorporate Bruckner’s incredibly daring and fascinating sketches and drafts into a playable and, most importantly, musically convincing form.“ Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Gerd Schaller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonie Festiva
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: (Finale completed by G. Schaller.) 

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