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Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continue to amaze! Reference Recordings proudly presents this iconic work in a new and definitive interpretation from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in superb audiophile sound. This hybrid SACD release was recorded live in the beautiful and historic Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As an important added feature, in his deeply personal and scholarly music notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history and the musical structure of Bruckner’s final composition, and describes how he conducts and interprets this masterwork. This release and the entireRead more Pittsburgh Live! series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, Inc.
This is a grand, mainstream performance, on the monumental rather than the propulsive side; speeds are conventional and Honeck seems completely in command of those big, arching phrases punctuated by typically Brucknerian pauses, generating tension without losing shape, pulling tempi about or pecking at climactic notes. The Scherzo is especially sharp and precise without sacrificing any weight or impact and its dynamics are tellingly graded; the Trio is frolicsome and surprisingly fast but eases satisfyingly into its lyrical passages before the return of the pounding, demonic main theme. The grandeur, dignity and sonority of the Adagio here are the equal of any other recording; the movement builds magnificently for the last five minutes to a transcendent conclusion. It must have been quite an experience to have attended the concerts.
– MusicWeb International (Ralph Moore)
This may well be Honeck and Pittsburgh's finest recording so far: breathtakingly intense, magnificently played, and unrelentingly fresh.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109by Anton Bruckner Conductor:
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 2/2018 Venue: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA Length: 63 Minutes 10 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Shimmering and ForcefulAugust 28, 2019By David H Cooper (Rio Rancho, NM)See All My Reviews"A well-played and convincing performance. Wonderful attention to detail. The final movement ending is ethereal."Report Abuse
breakthrough BrucknerAugust 23, 2019By James Duggan (Monroeville, PA)See All My Reviews"Obtained this recording through special pre-sale at Heinz Hall PSO concert. Have now listened many times and compared to my other Bruckner 9 recordings and other Honeck/PSO releases.The performance and production engineering are outstanding. The recording environment of Heinz Hall is very alive and hearing this is almost like being at the original concert recording. Highy recommended as your first Bruckner 9 or deserving a special place if you already have others."Report Abuse