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Bruckner: Symphony No 1 / Tintner, Royal Scottish National


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554430   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Georg Tintner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This edition of Bruckner's First Symphony purports to be the "really original" Linz version, though the differences between it and what we know as the standard Linz version are minimal. Similarly, the differences between this affectionately played 1876 revision of the slow movement of Symphony No. 3 and its various other incarnations will raise few eyebrows. A far better reason to buy this recording is the quality of the performances themselves. This is the last of Georg Tintner's Bruckner recordings for Naxos, and it's one of the best. All of the qualities that make Tintner's performances so special are here. There's his typically intelligent delineation of the first movement's formal structure through
Read more flexible tempos that enhance, rather than disturb, the music's natural momentum. Also much in evidence: careful balances between strings and winds, particularly at such moments as the "Tannhäuser" theme, where the temptation to let the brass blast is difficult to resist. Instead, Tintner offers full, noble tone (aided by some terrific trombone playing). He then invests the slow movement with a simple purity of expression that goes straight to the heart of this sublime piece. In fact, there isn't anything in this performance that Tintner does wrong. The rhythmic dynamo of a scherzo leads into a finale that seems to play itself, so effortless is Tintner's command of Bruckner's sense of scale and pacing. The recent, tragic death of this fine artist was a loss to music lovers everywhere, but in consistently fulfilling the very special promise of his Bruckner recordings for Naxos, he has left us an enduring musical testament that will keep his memory and work alive for generations. And that is cause for celebration, which I am sure is how Tintner himself would have wanted it. Listen, and enjoy!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Georg Tintner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1891; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 54 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1866, William Carragan Edition, 1998 
2.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103: 2nd movement, Adagio by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Georg Tintner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877/1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 20 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1876, Leopold Nowak Edition 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 (Linz version): I. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 (Linz version): II. Adagio
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 (Linz version): III. Scherzo: Schnell
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 (Linz version): IV. Finale: Bewegt, feurig
Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103 (1877 version): Bewegt, quasi Andante: Feierlich

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