Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 / Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony

Release Date: 8/23/2019
Catalog Number: FR-733SACD
Composer: Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A New York Times 25 Best Classical Track Selection for 2019

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continue to amaze! Reference Recordings proudly presents this iconic work in a new and definitive interpretation from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in superb audiophile sound. This hybrid SACD release was recorded live in the beautiful and historic Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As an important added feature, in his deeply personal and scholarly music notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history and the musical structure of Bruckner’s final composition, and describes how he conducts and interprets this masterwork. This release and the entire Pittsburgh Live! series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, Inc.



This is a grand, mainstream performance, on the monumental rather than the propulsive side; speeds are conventional and Honeck seems completely in command of those big, arching phrases punctuated by typically Brucknerian pauses, generating tension without losing shape, pulling tempi about or pecking at climactic notes. The Scherzo is especially sharp and precise without sacrificing any weight or impact and its dynamics are tellingly graded; the Trio is frolicsome and surprisingly fast but eases satisfyingly into its lyrical passages before the return of the pounding, demonic main theme. The grandeur, dignity and sonority of the Adagio here are the equal of any other recording; the movement builds magnificently for the last five minutes to a transcendent conclusion. It must have been quite an experience to have attended the concerts.

– MusicWeb International (Ralph Moore)

This may well be Honeck and Pittsburgh's finest recording so far: breathtakingly intense, magnificently played, and unrelentingly fresh.

– New York Times (David Allen)
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1896 ; Vienna, Austria
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