Overview: Pairing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, this album kicks off Deutsche Grammophon’s new Bruckner Symphony cycle featuring Grammy-winning conductor Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. To highlight not only Wagner’s influence on Bruckner, but also the differences between the two composers, selected instrumental works by Wagner will be included in each release in the cycle.
As a Bruckner interpreter, Nelsons is direct, clear-sighted, and spacious, the performance guidedRead more with a sure hand and a sense of inevitability but also meticulous in observing tempo and dynamic markings. The warmth and sonority of the playing at the start is enthralling and the performance unfolds with character and excitement.