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Bruckner: Symphony No 5 [Import]

Anton Bruckner , Philippe Herreweghe , Orchestre De Champs-Elysees Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Orchestre De Champs-Elysees
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (April 14, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B001NZA0HY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 5 in B flat, WAB 105: 1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Symphony No. 5 in B flat, WAB 105: 2. Adagio
3. Symphony No. 5 in B flat, WAB 105: 3. Scherzo, molto vivace (Schnell)
4. Symphony No. 5 in B flat, WAB 105: 4. Adagio - Allegro moderato

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about it, just buy it! May 10, 2014
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This is an amazing redording! The most noticalbe change with this period-instrument recording is that the trumpets blend better and don't cut like modern C trumpets do. All Bruckner savy people should have this recording.
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At this point in the history of performance style, you only have to say "period instruments" and people know where they stand.The audience that might love a HIP Bruckner fifth will head for the entrance; those who despise the idea will head for the exists. There's a bit more to say here, however. Philippe Herreweghe is a musician of stature, and his Champs-Elysee musicians have on the whole overcome the irritants of wheezy woodwinds, scrappy brass, zingy violins, and bad intonation, the endemic curses of early music bands in the past. It is plausible, if you tolerate a period approach to Romantic music, that Bruckner won't be destroyed after running him through the HIP mill.

In fact, this is a serious interpretation. Nobody was saying, "Oh boy, let's make Bruckner sound like Vivaldi." The absence of vibrato will never be a plus for me. If I were to judge this Fifth by the undernourished string sound at the beginning, noting else would have mattered. But Herreweghe is highly expressive, and one has only to hear the beautifully phrased Adagio to feel impressed. Ultimately, the Bruckner fifth rises or falls based upon how well the conductor can hold it together and deliver a satisfying whole out of the work's disjointed, rambling parts. They are inspired parts in many ways, but the symphony' stop-go pacing and frequent interludes of slow chorales are an obstacle for the listener. It's hard to tell a coherent story form beginning to end.

Herreweghe does as well as most. His earlier Bruckner recordings felt a bit pointless to me, a bundle of HIP gestures without overall meaning. But the fifth has so few outstanding recordings that there was room for improvement. Herreweghe's two big successes are the adagio, as mentioned, and the problematic finale.
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