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Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Rogner, Konwitschny, Neumann, Sanderling

Bruckner / Rundfunk-sinfonie-orchester / Neumann
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94686   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Václav NeumannFranz KonwitschnyKurt SanderlingHeinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heinz Rögner was one among many fine conductors working extensively in the former East Germany whose recorded work flew beneath the radar of Anglophone listeners, whether through lack of exposure to their work in the concert hall, lack of international PR, or plain snobbery and political prejudice. But if the name suggests stolid pig farmer more than commanding maestro, the interpretations, of Bruckner in particular, revealed a subtle and dynamic musician schooled in the old ways of rigour but not bound to their traditions. Born in Leipzig in 1929, he took over the city’s ‘second’ orchestra at the age of 29, and then in 1973 began a 20-year stint at the head of a similarly overshadowed body, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Read more (formerly the RIAS Symphonieorchester Berlin, now DSO Berlin).

These recordings of Bruckner’s mature symphonies, never before collected in a single set, are marked by their comparative swiftness and clarity of texture at a time, in the postwar era, when Bruckner was a byword for expansive, hymn-like solidity: these are not the ‘cathedrals in sound’ of yore but more secularly conceived solutions to the ‘problem’ of the symphony with which Bruckner wrestled all his professional life. Here they are complemented, to form a complete set of the numbered symphonies, by recordings similar in spirit led by three other conductors whose work in the Eastern bloc was remarkable for its consistency and impassioned precision, the Czech Václav Neumann, the Russian Kurt Sanderling and the Moravian-born Franz Konwitschny.

Other information:
- A complete set of Bruckner symphonies from post war East Germany: a celebration of a unique orchestral sound culture and insightful and surprisingly “modern” interpretations.
The majority of the symphonies (nos 4-9) are conducted by Heinz Rögner. His recordings (a “Geheimtipp” among Bruckner devotees) show lively tempi, great clarity, and a natural flow of the music’s expansive structures. He conducts the magnificent Radio Symphonieorchester Berlin.
- The other symphonies are conducted by celebrities Vaclav Neumann (No. 1), Franz Konwitschny (no. 2) and Kurt Sanderling (no 3).
- A fascinating set, and a must-have for Bruckner fans.
- Programme notes on each symphony within the booklet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1891; Linz, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, WAB 102 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1876; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1881; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 

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