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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 5 & 7 / Franz Welser-most


Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 20943   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It’s hard to believe that this is the same Franz Welser-Möst who was critically pilloried during his years as music director of the London Philharmonic. True, his view of Bruckner’s huge Fifth Symphony is controversial: no expansive, reverential tempi, but tautness, concentration and rhythmic focus (especially valuable in the Adagio’s difficult two-against-three patterns), plus an orchestral sound that often reveals sharply featured details rather than subsuming them into plush homogeneity. But justifications for all of that can be found in the score, and Welser-Möst argues his point so cogently and with such obvious passion that it’s hard to dismiss it, even if you don’t ultimately like it. I find him particularly convincing in Read more the outer movements, and in the scherzo’s fascinatingly mercurial central trio section. The Adagio misses that inward intensity so beautifully caught by Günter Wand in his magnificent Berlin Philharmonic version. But this is well worth hearing – and more than once.

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 69 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 60 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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