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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 9 Box set


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak): I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnellPhilharmonie Festiva18:49Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak): II. Andante quasi allegrettoPhilharmonie Festiva15:15Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak): III. Scherzo: BewegtPhilharmonie Festiva10:45Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak): IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnellPhilharmonie Festiva20:52Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak): I. Allegro moderatoPhilharmonie Festiva20:12Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak): II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsamPhilharmonie Festiva22:00Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak): III. Scherzo: Sehr schnellPhilharmonie Festiva 9:38Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak): IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnellPhilharmonie Festiva13:01Album Only


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (with Finale completed by W. Carragan, rev. 2010): I. Feierlich, misteriosoPhilharmonie Festiva25:16Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (with Finale completed by W. Carragan, rev. 2010): II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaftPhilharmonie Festiva11:38Album Only


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (with Finale completed by W. Carragan, rev. 2010): III. Adagio: Langsam feierlichPhilharmonie Festiva24:35Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (with Finale completed by W. Carragan, rev. 2010): IV. Finale: Allegro moderato (completed by W. Carragan)Philharmonie Festiva22:12Album Only


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Philharmonie Festiva
  • Conductor: Gerd Schaller
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Profil
  • ASIN: B0054DLNB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Juan Cahis Llugany on August 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dear friends, I have heard this CD recording, and I can tell you that it is an outstanding recording, specially in the Finale. The brass section sound really outstanding, the equilibrium between the different orchestra sections work very well, and you can hear the complex harmonies and dissonances very clearly.

Definitively, for the moment, this is the commercial recording of the completed Ninth to have, and maybe it is one of the best recordings of the Ninth in any version. And for the people that say that the harmonies and dissonances of the Finale are "un-Brucknerian", please compare them with the similar ones in the Finale of the Vienna Version of the First Symphony, as recorded by Chailly on Decca-London. Bruckner was changing his style in the very last years of his life, specially regarding harmony and orchestration, and both of the Finales of the Wiener First and of the Ninth, which they are almost contemporary, clearly show this fact.

Highly recommended!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The live performance of William Carragan's completion of the Finale to the Ninth Symphony might for some constitute the main attraction to this four-disc issue, but the principal offering here is three of Bruckner's most popular symphonies. These are live recordings of performances from three different years at the Ebrach Festival by Gerd Schaller conducting the Philharmonie Festiva. If that name is unfamiliar to you, be reassured that it comprises soloists from the three main Munich orchestras, with the Munich Bach Soloists at their core. You may thus have no fears regarding its competency to handle Bruckner's massive sonorities and complex counterpoint; there are no flubs or blips, just immensely elegant and homogeneous playing of extraordinary facility. The brass are especially sonorous but every section covers itself in glory.

The sound, too, is mostly exemplary in its clarity and definition, and only very occasionally slightly soft-edged, this being live and not subject to the highlighting of individual instruments to which audiophiles have become accustomed. The acoustic sounds more like a faithful reproduction of what you would hear in a purpose-built concert hall rather than the nave of the abbey which was the recording location. A couple of discreet coughs apart in the first movement of the Fourth, there is hardly a trace of audience noise and no amplification of extraneous noise; the engineers have succeeded in recreating Bruckner's putative "cathedral of sound" in an actual church. The reverberation carries on for about five seconds once the music stops but it does not clog the texture during the actual playing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Dodds on December 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I would recommend that potential buyers enthused by these reviews check out samples online before buying. The 4th and 7th are indeed very nice recordings (if not quite at the top of a strong list of contenders).

However, you should note that the 9th was recorded by a different team and, alas, it sounds significantly worse. The problem is a distinct lack of bass which robs the music of its foundation. The excellent Reference Recordings version from a few years back is much more natural in all respects, and the various Wand versions I have also provide a more balanced experience.

Unfortunately, I bought the package for the completed 9th, and so now I have a 4th and 7th to add to a pile of very good 4th and 7ths, and a poor sounding 9th since you can only buy all three symphonies as a set. Unless you are cunning.

Check out eClassical where you can sample all the tracks, and then buy only the symphonies you actually need.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Levine on September 21, 2011
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This CD containing Bruckner's symphonies 4, 7 & 9 is an excellent choice for the Bruckner beginner. Symphony # 8, not included here,is more difficult to comprehend. Bruckner symphony # 4 (in the 1878/1880 edition, a good performing edition - the final edition edited by Benjamin Korstvedt, awaits a good recording) is given a performance that is solid, lyrical and dramatic. The sound on this CD collection is excellent. The 7th doesn't fare quite as well. The tempi are good, but do not sound as natural as in #4.

The ninth symphony is the standout. Bruckner actually lived to finish composing this work. He died while orchestrating and revising it. After his death, souvenir hunters walked off with many pages of the finale. Some are still lost. That is why this work needs to be completed. Back in 1973, when I found out that the greater part of the finale was in full score, I had to hear that finale. It finally happened in Carnegie Hall on Jan. 8, 1984 - I was there. Here you have William Carragan's latest performing edition (2010). Carragan's changes in orchestration improve matters. The performance is the best I've heard of the completed ninth. It is even a little better than Friedmann Layer's performance (of the Samale/ Cohrs 2007 edition). Overall this is a wonderful set to begin one's Bruckner journey.

Later on, I would acquire, despite poor sound, Furtwanger's performances of this composer. Klemperer's in stereo sound, would come next.
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