Notes and Editorial Reviews
Quite simply these are some of the most stirring Bruckner interpretations on disc. Which is not to say there aren’t technical drawbacks. The recordings (all ‘live’ and apparently without edits) have a rough-hewn quality, the playing of the Stuttgart RSO isn’t exactly polished either, and from time to time Celibidache’s energetic foot-stamping obtrudes as he urges the orchestra on to even greater heights of intensity...
And yet, in spite of all this, the performances are gripping... That urgent, sometimes anguished personal tone is still more evident in the Ninth Symphony. Again comparing with Karajan (the 1976 BPO recording), Celibidache has all the former’s architectural strength, but with greater suppleness and much more
warmth of feeling... A must for Brucknerians, and a challenge for sceptics.
-- BBC Music Magazine
...[S]erious record collectors will often settle for less than ideal sound, and less than perfect orchestral quality, if conductor and musicians are still managing to say things both profound and original about the great music they are performing. That is certainly the case with Deutsche Grammophon's Swedish and Stuttgart Bruckner. Celi shapes each movement of each symphony in a powerfully convincing fashion, and these performances are much closer to conventional lengths than his later Munich performances. His Stuttgart Ninth, for instance, is of perfectly average length, coming in under 60 minutes. Yet it is an extraordinarily eloquent performance, not easily confused with any other.
-- Robert McColley, FANFARE [7/2001]
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria
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