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 6 in A major, WAB 106

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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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    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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    Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies - Symphonies Nos. 4,5,6,7,8,9 / Barenboim
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 70217 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies - Symphonies Nos. 4-9 / Barenboim [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 60217 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    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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    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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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 14005 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Bruckner: Symphony 6  / Schaller, Philharmonie Festiva
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 14021 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Gerd Schaller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonie Festiva
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  • 10.
    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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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 6  / Simone Young, Hamburg Philharmonic
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 687 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Simone Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 & 7
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9105 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
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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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    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: The Mature Symphonies - Symphony No 6 / Barenboim
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 202176 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies - Symphony No 6 / Barenboim [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 102176 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle 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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  • 19.
    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    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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    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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  • 22.
    Anton Bruckner - The Collection
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13007 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Czelusta,  Peter Redwig,  Klaus Bäuerle,  Fritz Resch  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner,  Gerd Schaller,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Philharmonie Festiva  ... 
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  • 23.
    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Jochum
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94707 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777690 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berne Symphony Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony no 6 / Nezet-Seguin, Metropolitan Orchestra
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2639 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Orchestra
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