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Bruckner: Symphony no 7 / Welser-Most [Blu-ray]

Bruckner / Cleveland Orch / Welser-most
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 108033  
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Blu-ray Video:  $39.99
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available on standard DVD

Note: This Blu-ray Disc is only playable on Blu-ray Disc players and not compatible with standard DVD players.

Recorded live at Severance Hall, Cleveland, September 2008

Bonus:
- Introduction by Franz Welser-Möst

Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Languages (bonus): English, German
Running time: 66 mins (concert) + 14 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)
Also available on standard DVD

Note: This Blu-ray Disc is only playable on Blu-ray Disc players and not compatible with standard DVD players.

Recorded live at Severance Hall, Cleveland, September 2008

Bonus:
- Introduction by Franz Welser-Möst

Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Languages (bonus): English, German
Running time: 66 mins (concert) + 14 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)
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Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Franz hits his stride December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Franz Welser-Möst had a rough start in Cleveland. After an initial burst of welcoming publicity (helped by his own insistence that people call him Franz rather than Maestro), some harsh reviews by a local critic led to some bad feelings - especially when that critic was reassigned by the local newspaper. Whether those reviews were wholly deserved is best left to another forum. But Welser-Möst's recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony did not meet with universal acclaim.

I've heard the orchestra with Welser-Möst (as well as other conductors) many times over the years, and the general verdict here is that he has hit his stride. This DVD of Bruckner's 7th Symphony attests to that. Welser-Möst has clearly arrived at his own interpretation, which emphasizes the romantic (small "r") aspects of the music. The performance that emerges is less Teutonic and more flexible than usual. Parts of the work seem lighter than air, which is a departure from the norm in this repertoire - yet the Symphony's slow movement is not lacking in the customary gravitas. The orchestra's contribution is superb: the balance and transparency between sections is notable even for this group.

This Blu-ray is a top-flight presentation both visually and sonically. The camera moves between the conductor, various orchestral sections, and the very photogenic Severance Hall in a manner that maintains visual interest without being distracting. The sound is transparent with just the right amount of reverberance - a rare achievement as it's not easy to record in Severance Hall, which often sounds better "in person" than on recordings. One small nit: the DVD defaults to the two channel soundtrack. If your system has surround, be sure to change it to the 5.1 option for a spectacular sonic experience. The DVD includes an engaging talk with Welser-Möst (in both English and German) where he explains how the thread of love runs through the Bruckner 7th, and Severance Hall itself.
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