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Bruckner: Symphony No 3; Stravinsky: Symphony In 3 Movements / Solti

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Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100321  
Composer:  Anton BrucknerIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, WAB 103
(1877 version, ed. L. Nowak)

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Georg Solti, conductor

Recorded live from the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, 1993

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 89 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

R E V I E W: 3751070.az_BRUCKNER_Symphony_3.html

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. Read more Nowak). STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements Georg Solti, cond; Bavarian RSO ARTHAUS 100 321 (DVD: 89:00) Live: Munich 1993


While Solti made CD recordings of both of these works with the Chicago Symphony for Decca (in 1992 and 1993 respectively), they are most welcome here in these DVD versions, even if interpretively there is not a great deal of difference. If the Bavarian Radio Symphony does not have the sheer brilliance in its brass section that Chicago did (and does), it is a top-tier orchestra with a far warmer, more burnished string sound and characterful winds (the principal flute, oboe, and horn players deserve special mention), and blessed with a hall having a far warmer and more inviting acoustic than Orchestra Hall in Chicago had at that time. (The latter’s acoustics were much improved by a 1997 renovation, though they remain problematic and plans for another round of attempted improvements were announced in 2013.) The Bruckner is a study in interpretive contrasts. Anyone expecting a hard-driving approach from Solti will be surprised by both the breadth and mellowness of his approach to the sprawling opening movement. In the final three movements he reverts to customary form, however; the Adagio has an unusual degree of forward momentum, the Scherzo is almost manic, and the Finale presses forward to its close with energy and brilliance. While I regret the choice of the 1877 version of the work—I seem to be among a dwindling minority of those who consider the once standard final 1889 version to be vastly superior—Solti’s is the first recording of it I’ve heard that makes it hang together structurally for me and minimizes the banalities of its weaker passages. As for the Stravinsky, that is of course a work that plays to all of Solti’s strengths, with its spiky, angular thematic lines, bitingly pungent orchestration, and kaleidoscopic tempo shifts. Solti’s iron command of symphonic form and febrile nervous energy ensure a model performance on every count. The recorded sound is excellent, and the camerawork sensible and free from eccentricities. In sum, this is a most worthy addition to the flood of releases and re-releases marking the conductor’s centenary; highly recommended.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 

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