Anton Bruckner

Biography

Born: 1824   Died: 1896   Country: Austria   Period: Romantic
Although Bruckner wrote a great deal of sacred choral music (including not only his grandly conceived Mass No. 3, but also his more intimate Mass No. 2 and his astringent motets, which fuse Renaissance and nineteenth century techniques), he is best known for his symphonies: two unnumbered apprentice works, eight completed mature symphonies, and the first three movements of a Ninth (The finale has been reconstructed by several hands, but most Read more performances include just the movements Bruckner completed). The symphonies, influenced to some extent by Wagner and identified with his school by the Viennese public, are monumental: expansive in scale, rigorous (if sometimes gigantist) in formal design, and often elaborate in their contrapuntal writing. Their sonorities are stately and organ-like; the Viennese critic Graf wrote that Bruckner "pondered over chords and chord associations as a medieval architect contemplated the original forms of a Gothic cathedral." Despite occasional folk influences in the scherzos, his symphonies are uniformly high-minded, even religious, in spirit. Together, they form the weightiest body of symphonies between Schubert (whom he greatly admired) and Mahler.

Bruckner was born in the town of Ansfelden, Austria, on September 4, 1824, and he spent the first years of his career as a choirmaster for a group of monks and as a church organist in Linz. After several years of studying composition and counterpoint by mail, he passed exams at the Vienna Conservatory in 1861. In the early 1860s he created his first large works, including a Symphony in D minor that he later derisively named "die Nullte," the Symphony No. 0. He was present at the premiere of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in 1865 and remained a near fanatical admirer of Wagner, but the extent to which his own vast musical structures were modeled on Wagner's is a matter of debate. He landed a teaching post at the Conservatory in 1868, but always retained something of his original rustic character. An often-repeated anecdote tells how he gave a tip to the aristocratic conductor Hans Richter after a successful rehearsal of his Symphony No. 4, telling Richter to go and buy himself a beer. Bruckner died in Vienna on October 11, 1896. Read less
Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Tintner
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501205   Number of Discs: 12
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Work: Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103

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  • 1.
    Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies / Venzago
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 555023 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Northern Sinfonia,  Bern Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 2: Bruckner – Symphonies Nos. 1-9
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19014 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra,  Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mariss Jansons Live: The Radio Recordings, 1990-2014 [13-CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 15002 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Louis Andriessen,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Leo van Doeselaar  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Skrowaczewski, Saarbruken
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Kurt Masur conducts Bruckner
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843063682 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Bruckner: Symphony No  3 / Skrowaczewski, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 84 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bruckner: The Symphonies / Janowski, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186520 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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    Decca Sound  – Mono Years 1944 -1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    F. Charles Adler Conducts Bruckner
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1283 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  F. Charles Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony no 3 / Nezet-Seguin, Orchestre Metropolitain
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22700 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Métropolitain
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  • 12.
    Anton Bruckner: Sinfonie 3 - Erstfassung 1763
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99044 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Rémy Ballot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Altomonte Orchestra St. Florian
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    Bruckner: Symphonie No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951817 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 3 / Vanska, BBC Scottish
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55474 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    Gunter Wand Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12044 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Gerhard Oppitz
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Rogner, Konwitschny, Neumann, Sanderling
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94686 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Franz Konwitschny,  Kurt Sanderling,  Heinz Rögner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Rafael Kubelik Conducts Great Symphonies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7884112 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition [36-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002010702 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Peter Schreier,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus,  St. Willibrod Boy's Choir  ... 
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    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Tintner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501205 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Jochum, Dresden
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8458325 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 21.
    Vienna Philharmonic - Bruckner, Mozart, Walton / George Szell
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4566 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sir William Walton,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 3; Stravinsky: Symphony In 3 Movements / Solti
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100321 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski: The Complete Oehms Classics Recordings
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 90 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Daniela Sindram,  Christian Elsner,  George Zeppenfeld  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1230 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Bernard Haitink - The Philips Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001903502 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Herman Krebbers,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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