"This disc is, in short, a marvel. The Minnesota Orchestra outplays the Concertgebouw, and the recording really blows away all the competition." -- David Hurwitz, CD Finder online magazine
". . .The performance is massively authoritative. The playing of the Minnesota Orchestra should cause concern in those European centers that have traditionally claimed preëminence in Bruckner performance." -- Michael Jameson, Fanfare
". . . Sound that is about as good as it gets. The recording achieves the sound of a real orchestra in a specific auditorium. A newRead more demonstration classic is born." -- Wes Phillips, Stereophile Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109by Anton Bruckner Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 11/1996 Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota Length: 59 Minutes 37 Secs.
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As Close to Perfection as it GetsOctober 7, 2015By George R. Pilcher (Westerville, OH)See All My Reviews"Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has been quietly making great recordings of the Austro-German repertoire for well over 50 years, on labels such as Mercury, Vox, Oehms, and LSO, among others. For those same 50 years, I have clung to my beloved Bruno Walter's Columbia recording of Bruckner's 9th Symphony, which is surely one of the all-time "greats" in recording history. The only recordings that have even come close to touching the transcendent greatness of the Walter recording have been be Giulini and Skrowaczewski in his Oehms recording from roughly 25 years ago. His 1998 recording with the Minnesota Orchestra, however, leaves no doubt that the great Polish maestro has conducted a performance of Bruckner's magnificent farewell symphony that is truly for the ages. I could describe all of the magical touches, sublimely subtle use of rubato and architectonic wizardry that Skrowaczewski has at his command and brings to bear on this performance, but in the end, those are only words. This performance really must be heard to be believed."Report Abuse