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Bruckner: 10 Symphonies / Barenboim, Chicago SO [10-CD Collector's Edition]


Release Date: 10/18/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001606902  
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Yvonne MintonJessye NormanSamuel RameyDavid Rendall,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

"Barenboim’s account of the underrated Nullte Symphony...has much to recommend it. The opening is suitably atmospheric, and Barenboim draws a sympathetic, warm-toned response from the CSO. The brief cantata, Helgoland and the setting of Psalm 150 also come out well.

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine

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In my recent "Gramophone Collection" Bruckner surveyI was lamenting a lack of choice when it came to single CDs or cassettes of the boisterous First Symphony in its original Linz version of 1866. Sawallisch's Bavarian recording on Orfeo/Koch International still makes excellent sense
Read more musically, but the reissue of this 1980 Chicago recording under Barenboim is in some ways an even more attractive choice, particularly if you don't mind adding to your collection a superb—eloquently sung, expertly played, exceptionally well recorded— account of Bruckner's mighty Te Deum.

In the symphony, Barenboim is witty, affectionate and vital and the Chicago playing is sumptuous without in any way being bland or suffocating. Here and there one might long for the countrified tread of Jochum, a German Bruckner conductor of the old school, but one can understand DG's desire to give the best of this Barenboim Bruckner cycle another airing. Warmly recommended if the coupling suits.

-- R.O., Gramophone [12/1991]

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Daniel Barenboim's Bruckner recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were made more than twenty years ago, but they still sound magnificent. Both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Grammophon engineers acquit themselves with distinction in this performance of the Seventh Symphony, which wears its age very comfortably indeed.

There is no question that Barenboim is a Bruckner conductor of distinction, whose performances are always worth hearing and, by that token, adding to a collection of recordings. If in the last analysis I do not feel that his performance of the Seventh is a 'front runner', it will still give enormous pleasure and will still serve Bruckner's cause very well.

The first movement sets the tone, the gloriously lyrical opening theme unfolding at a fairly swift Allegro moderato. This does bring the benefit of some really exciting cut and thrust of development when the more powerfully aggressive rhythmic music takes over as the movement proceeds. On the other hand, the glowing nature of the principal theme can be more incandescently represented in the final phase.

The slow movement presents similar issues. The architecture is strongly handled, the orchestral playing marvellously sonorous. But it would have sounded more marvellous still, I think, had the pulse been just a shade slower, and the phrasing allowed to breathe in fuller nobility. A dramatic reading, therefore, rather than a spiritual one.

In the light of this it is no surprise that the scherzo is particularly exciting. Rarely can the thrusting rhythms of this movement have been projected to better effect, and the orchestra is seemingly led by the first trumpet, at the top of his form.

The finale is very lively and purposeful, but once again the music might have been allowed more time to unfold. For this reason the final stages do not seem quite as overwhelming as they might, though the sound and the playing still provide the listener with plenty to enjoy."

-- Terry Barfoot, MusicWeb International [6/2002]

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"This Bruckner Ninth from the complete cycle by Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on DG was recorded in 1976, three years after the Fourth Symphony...A better prospect for bargain collectors because in those three years Barenboim seems to have developed and grown both as a conductor and a Brucknerian. He is more flexible in the first movement than he was in the Fourth, for example, but not so much that he undermines the basic tensile strength that is needed in this movement which can, on occasions, sprawl and Barenboim certainly avoids that happening. I did rather feel that in the second movement Barenboim couldn't quite make up his mind whether to go for grandeur or brutality and so falls between the two. The main pounding rhythm surely needs a touch more weight but the strange little Trio section certainly finds him responding well to its change of mood. Most impressive of all, however, is the last movement where Barenboim and the orchestra bring an impressive level of concentration and, when necessary, heaven-storming power amid the spiritual repose with only the final dissonant climax lacking the shocking power of some other versions. The sound recording is, as ever with this cycle, very wide in dynamics and a little "toppy", especially in the brass. Generally I felt a little more involved with the performance than I did with the Fourth. The strings are especially well reproduced and as they respond lyrically to Barenboim's direction this is a considerable plus. He also manages to convey a good amount of inner string harmonies, violas and cellos especially, which when taken with a much more subtle response from the brass department here than in the Fourth makes the playing more distinguished too.

Even though it occupies less than nine minutes Psalm 150 is more than just a makeweight on this disc. This is a grand and fervent piece that Barenboim and his forces treat with all the care they might lavish on one of the great symphonies, and the choral singing is magnificent.

-- Tony Duggan, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1891; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1980 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 47 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Jessye Norman (Soprano), Samuel Ramey (Bass),
David Rendall (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1981 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 22 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, WAB 102 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1981 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 66 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1980 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 61 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Psalm 150 in C major, WAB 38 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Ruth Welting (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1972 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago 
Length: 63 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1977 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 75 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1881; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 58 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
Helgoland in G minor, WAB 71 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 13 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 66 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1980 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 79 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 0 in D minor, WAB 100 "Die Nullte" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1869; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 45 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago 
Length: 60 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.0 in D minor - 1869 Version: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.0 in D minor - 1869 Version: 2. Andante
Symphony No.0 in D minor - 1869 Version: 3. Scherzo. Presto - Trio.
Symphony No.0 in D minor - 1869 Version: 4. Finale. Moderato - Allegro vivace
Symphony No.1 In C Minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 1. Allegro molto moderato
Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 2. Adagio
Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 3. Scherzo. Lebhaft
Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 4. Finale. Bewegt und feurig
Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra: 1. Te Deum laudamus
Te Deum for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 2. Te ergo
Te Deum for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 3. Aeterna fac
Te Deum for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 4. Salvum fac
Te Deum for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 5. In te, Domine, speravi

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Nine of ten not bad June 6, 2012 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "This set contains Barenboim's Chicago Symphony perfomances of the nine numbered symphonies of Bruckner, plus the 'No. 0." Symphony #1 is accompanied by the Te Deum, #3 by Psalm 150, and #6 by Helgoland. Generally the orchestra plays with a sound much less blended and refined than one would expect from the Chicago performances under Solti, for example. The choral works receive very fine performances, and the early symphonies are as good as any. The weak performance is the Eigth Symphony. It begins badly, with annoying groans and thumps beginning to accompany the music before 30 seconds have passed. The sound of all the performances here favors the treble, but in #8 all the louder passages sound very coarse and congested, making it tiresome to hear. The tempo is slow, and with the long pauses and sluggish string playing the episodic nature of the finale is emphasized. These problems are much less evident in Symphonies 7 and 9, however. Even with a bad 8th, this set is well worth the money." Report Abuse
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