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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
Celibidache Conducts Bruckner [3 DVDs + 2 CDs]
Release Date: 07/03/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 195270   Number of Discs: 5
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Bruckner: Symphonie No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 951817   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Georg Tintner
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501205   Number of Discs: 12
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7; Mozart: Symphony No. 38 / Schuricht, Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 12/09/2014   Label: Testament  
Catalog: 21498   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruckner: Symphony No 5 / Tintner, Royal Scottish National
Release Date: 08/05/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553452   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106

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    Decca - Vienna Philharmonic - The Orchestral Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002227902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Werner Krenn,  Elly Ameling,  Werner Tripp  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Münchinger,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    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 / Georg 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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    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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    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Van Zweden, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72552 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Jochum, Skrowaczewski
    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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    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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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 /  Blomstedt, 	Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 816 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphonies No 4-9 / Otto Klemperer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 404296 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Icon - Eugen Jochum
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64004 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Claes H. Ahnsjö,  Roland Hermann,  Helen Donath  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Celibidache Conducts Bruckner [3 DVDs + 2 CDs]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 195270 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphonies No 1-9 / Gunter Wand
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7776582 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 6 / Nagano, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951901 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Celibidache  Vol  2 - Bruckner / Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85578 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Karl Helm,  Christel Borchers,  Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Philharmonic Choir
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    Bruckner: 10 Symphonies / Barenboim, Chicago SO [10-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001606902 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Jessye Norman,  Samuel Ramey,  David Rendall  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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