WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Bruckner: Symphony In D Minor, 3 Pieces, March / Blunier, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn

Bruckner / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Blunier
Release Date: 05/03/2011 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 9371673   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Number of Discs: 1 
This title is currently unavailable.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Because it was mistakenly thought to date prior to the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Anton Bruckner's Symphony in D minor (1869) was given the peculiar designation of "No. 0," even though it was actually his third completed symphony, written after the First and the so-called "Study" Symphony in F minor. Compounding this confusion was Bruckner's singular marking of the symphony as "gilt nicht," or "not valid," and marked one copy with the empty set symbol (Ø), which presumably means that he withdrew it. All the same, he preserved it, along with all of his original manuscripts; even though he never
Read more thought highly enough of this composition to revise it, as he did with his later symphonies, it survived intact and has become part of his canon, despite comparatively few performances and recordings. This audiophile release from MDG by Stefan Blunier and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn presents the Symphony in D minor with great audio clarity and sympathetic playing, and their exciting rendition reveals that this mildly flawed work contains a great deal of worthy music. Indeed, much of its flavor and style, as well as some developmental ideas and fleeting melodies, will seem to have been more fully elaborated in the Symphony No. 3 (1873), also composed in D minor, which was possibly Bruckner's attempt to make a more satisfactory symphony in that key. This live performance certainly elevates the work, and listeners who care to explore it will find that Blunier and the Beethoven Orchestra have delivered a first-rate interpretation. The filler -- a March in D minor and the Three Pieces, all from 1862 -- were Bruckner's fledgling attempts at writing orchestral music. While they vaguely hint at the massive symphonic cycle to come, they really are minor studies, reminiscent of Schubert and Mendelssohn, that only merit a place here for curiosity's sake.

-- Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide
Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 0 in D minor, WAB 100 "Die Nullte" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1869; Linz, Austria 
March in D minor, WAB 96 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Pieces (3) for Orchestra, WAB 97 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Linz, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wonderful symphony, performance and recording July 22, 2018 By George Leigh (Zillmere, Queensland) See All My Reviews "I find this a really wonderful symphony, one of Bruckner's best. It moves more slowly than his other symphonies but once we get used to that I find that it holds a fascination second only to symphony no. 8. The performance is extremely good, rendering my other recordings of this symphony unlistenable (Eugen Jochum, to the best of my knowledge, unfortunately did not perform this symphony). The recording quality is extremely high and takes advantage of the capabilities of the SACD which is rare in SACD recordings. The other works on the disc are interesting but I agree with professional reviewers that they are not really significant in Bruckner's overall ouput." Report Abuse
Review This Title