Notes and Editorial Reviews
“I was just going from the theatre building to Wahnfried at 5 o’clock when the master of all masters hurried towards me with open arms, embraced me and said: ‘Dear friend, the dedication is justified, you are giving me great pleasure with the work’.” Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony pays tribute to the deeply revered Richard Wagner, to whom it is also dedicated. But the monumental work, on which Bruckner worked for nearly twenty years, is also the first fully valid example of his extraordinary symphonic idea: a combination of resplendent sounds and church service, as well as demonic romanticism and the comforting belief in heaven.
The live recording of the concert on 30 January 1970 in the
Herkules-Saal of the Munich residence with Rafael Kubelik and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is available again, now in CD format.
R E V I E W S:
"Recorded live 9 November 1962, this inscription of the so-called “Wagner” Symphony No. 3 in D Minor (Edition 1877/78) enjoys a terrific sonic resonance, the opening D Minor carpet of sound that opens the symphony rife with allusions to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The trumpet motif in the same key, answered by string and woodwind triplets, carries a forward momentum of resolute power, Kubelik (1914-1996) in one of his most expansive moods...The organ diapason proves as much an aspect of the Brucknerian symphonic tapestry as ever: the orchestral groups arrange themselves in motley blocks of color, the Bavarian orchestra achieving a panoply equal anything we have from the Berlin Philharmonic...A real testament to Kubelik’s powerful sway over large forces, this disc."
-- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 01/30/1970
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