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BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO.5
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Recorded live at the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Linz, 12-13 September 2006
Picture format: NTSC 16:9 anamorphic
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (all)
Subtitles (bonus): English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 75 mins + 13 mins (bonus)
Bonus film: Franz Welser-Möst in conversation
* Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered symphonic ensembles.
* Franz Welser-Möst, in his fifth
season as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, conducting Bruckner’s gigantic Fifth, regarded as the cyclopean colossus among Bruckner's nine symphonies.
* An amazing aspect is the sound of the Cleveland Orchestra; it is a Bruckner sound without over-forcing; even when playing fortissimo; the brass is never bombastic. The hard-worked trumpets and trombones blend into the orchestral sound with an unparalleled brilliance, while the strings (particularly excellent in the Adagio, the heart of the symphony) bring out melodies with tonal intensity.
* The concert, recorded during the Linz Bruckner Festival of 2006 at the Stiftsbasilika of St. Florian, features a work that Bruckner never heard performed due to his illness at the time of its premiere in 1894. Bruckner, who is buried at the Abbey of St. Florian, had served there as chorister, teacher and organist.
R E V I E W S:
"When Franz Welser-Möst is good, he is very, very good. And Mr. Welser-Möst, who was born in Linz, Austria, is superb in the music of Bruckner, Linz’s favorite son.
This video was recorded live in Linz during a Cleveland Orchestra tour last year, at the Abbey of St. Florian, where Bruckner served as choirboy, teacher and organist, and where he is buried. The magnificent Baroque basilica affords much to occupy the eye in addition to stock shots of conductor and orchestra. And Bruckner’s organlike accumulations of blocks of sound stand up well to its reverberant acoustics...
Bruckner’s natural element here seems not to be noise, as in so many performances, but a quiet intensity that proves all the more striking as the huge sonorities grow out of it or subside back into it. Bruckner’s many silences are gripping, and Mr. Welser-Möst is fearless in extending them to the full."
James R. Oestreich, NEW YORK TIMES
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