Notes and Editorial Reviews
The 1995 9th represents Celi's "final thoughts" on Bruckner's visionary last, incomplete Symphony. So concentrated is his conducting it doesn't seem to last 77 minutes. Although I'll treasure this example of "late Celi" - interesting to compare this with unofficial releases of two earlier Munich renditions and the recent DG release of an even earlier Stuttgart Radio SO reading - it's possible Celi's transcendental outer movements and "heavy" account of the violent scherzo will disorientate some listeners. Celi's is an unprecedented achievement in this work. It's not Celi's slow tempi that should interest us, it's how he arrives at them. Our reward is to appreciate why a Celi performance is as it is, what we
learn from it, and how the music is illuminated.
-- Colin Anderson, MusicWeb International Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/10/1995
Notes: The Leopold Nowak edition is used for this recording.
This recording also features excerpts from rehearsals of Bruckner's Symphony no 9, recorded September 4-7, 1995.
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