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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Here we are put clearly and unequivocally mid-stalls in the Concertgebouw for a performance of very considerable impact... Hearing the performance again, longbreathed and rather Karajanesque in the first movement, and hearing it again in a new medium, I'm struck by its having more power and electricity than originally seemed apparent on LP. On the other hand, I'm still aware of a marginal lack of continuity in the first movement, a result, perhaps, of Haitink's interesting shift towards a weightier, more sostenuto way with Bruckner's momentous symphonic periods... To state this, though, is to be hypercritical. The Scherzo is properly terrific, the Trio glintingly quick in carriage and intent; and in the Adagio Haitink is the complete master
of long-term rhythm and line in a way which fully reveals the music's craggy purposes, its clear preoccupation with enterprises of great pitch and movement. As the final climax nears, the grinding dissonances are not fudged; everything stands out in the clearest chiaroscuro... [A] most imposing experience.
-- Gramophone [9/1983]
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria
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