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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 Original recording remastered


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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gunter Wand
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0002VYE0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the only recording of the ninth that truly is a fitting testament to Bruckner.
Prescott Cunningham Moore
I am also hoping for 4 good to great recordings, each with a different take on the 9th so that they are distinguishable.
King Lemuel
His logic, raw emotion, treatments to the score, tempi, and genuine passion make him one of the best.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on January 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was initially wowed by Wand's amazing handling of Bruckner's great 8th Symphony and I have, since then, bought all the Gunter Wand/Berlin Philharmonic recordings. They are all equally impressive.

Wand's handling of the ninth is no less inspired. His tempos are firm, yet expressively flexible. The opening movement begins eerily, almost mundanely, but soon erupts in a forceful passion. Wand's amazing ability to build and subsequently release tension is artfully showcased in this work. Climaxes sound unearthly; pianos, like whispers. The frightening and tonally complex Scherzo is equally exciting. Foreshadowing the tonality of Schoenburg and the rhythms of Stravinsky, the Scherzo's demonic qualities are brought out under Wand's hand. However, the real highlight of the disc is the monumental Adagio. Its beauty is unmatched in the repertoire, building powerfully, but fading, like a dream, into nothingness. It is, in a way, a fitting way for Bruckner to leave this earth. Wand's interpretation is equally fitting for this movement. He allows the music to unfold naturally and majestically while still maintaining his precise control. Never has the Philharmonic sounded so alive - even under Karajan, the strings have never sounded so rich, so pure, so beautiful. This is the only recording of the ninth that truly is a fitting testament to Bruckner.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By King Lemuel on August 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Some classical collectors are in search of the Holy Grail. For Bruckner's 9th they will have a wagon full collection of recordings. As they listen to each, they are searching for the penultimate recording. They are on a quest to find the Bruckner 9th Holy Grail.

I am not on such a quest. First of all, if I buy 4 Bruckner 9ths, I am hoping they are all winners, if not; I have wasted my time and money. I am also hoping for 4 good to great recordings, each with a different take on the 9th so that they are distinguishable. I do not want 4 Big Macs! If they all taste the same, I have wasted my time and money.

I do not believe there is a Holy Grail Bruckner 9th. This is a vain quest if ever there was one. There has got to be well over a dozen GREAT recordings of Bruckner's 9th. This recording by Wand and the BPO is one of those GREAT Bruckner 9th recordings.

If you are looking for unsurpassed playing by one of the world's greatest orchestras, the BPO fits this bill. If you want one of the best ever DDD recordings of the 9th, this recording fits the bill. If you want a heart felt interpretation by one of the greatest Bruckner interpreters, Gunter Wand is your man.

This recording of the 9th may not be the best ever, but it certainly is one of my favorites. I especially like the Scherzo and the Adagio. The Adagio is hauntingly intense.

One of the nigglies I hate the most is the classical sound drop off niggly. I find many Bruckner symphony recordings very irritating because, as I listen especially in the Adagio and slower movements, the sound will drop so much that I cannot hear the music and wonder if something is wrong with either the recording or with my equipment. Then, suddenly, the music will blast and rattle the dishes in the cupboard.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Borup on April 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wand is one of the most well-known Brucknerian conductors and, by any standard, deserves this title. This rendition of the ninth doesn't disappoint at all. His rendition of the first movement is excellent, not shrinking away from the dissonances, causing the orchestra to perform too loud, or introducing strident tones into the ensemble, like Jochum can be guilty of. Although the first movement isn't as moving as Tintner's performance with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, it is still excellent, as previously mentioned. The second movement, like the first, is excellent but probably not the greatest recording out there.

This brings us to the finale... Wand's rendition is superior, one more moving, more powerful than any other recording I have ever heard. This is the gem of this cd. Amazingly, Wand interprets every single part of this movement masterfully, the initial blissful beauty, the introduction of the underlying discontent, the sublimity of the monumental climax, and the dimenuendo to nothingness are amazing. This recording is well worth the money, and is a lot cheaper than most other of Wand's recordings. My advice to you, save up and buy this cd a.s.a.p. Yes, my friend, that means now. Go forth! Collect your earnings, don't buy that new dishwasher or that chemestry set, you don't need it. You need this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Stephens on October 2, 2007
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I was used to the pirated version of Celibidache's Muncher version...which was, admittedly, quite good. Especially in the Scherzo, Celi brought down the house. Then I decided to get this Wand reading, and it has changed and cleared my view of Bruckner's last symphony. Crystal clear sound, superb playing, superb music...what else could you want? Any self-respecting Brucknerian will get this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dv_forever on January 20, 2012
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Gunter Wand had a small repertoire in the safe zone of Austro-German symphonic works and he recorded Bruckner more frequently than other composers. This has to stand as his best version of the 9th symphony and one doesn't have a difficult time guessing why. It's the presence of the Berlin Philharmonic of course. Wand is a dedicated Brucknerian and he could always manage to get a fine sound out of the German radio orchestras he conducted with frequency but here he has perhaps the greatest orchestra in the world, which makes all the difference.

He approach to Bruckner is firm, direct, postwar literal and pure. Basically devoid of interpretative hijinks. A lot of listeners new to Bruckner's universe could do a lot worse than sharpen their teeth on Wand's Bruckner. Also, let's not forget the experienced listeners and Bruckner acolytes who adore this music. After they get tired of more expressive, personalized interpretations from the likes of Furtwangler or Giulini, ( to name but two ), Bruckner lovers may indeed want to venture into Wand's domain for the simplicity and honesty of his approach, an approach that does not draw attention to the conductor but instead lets this great orchestra speak for itself. In that sense, this is a very fine performance.

Myself personally, I am squarely in the middle... I certainly respond to Bruckner's music, it does not leave me cold and the 9th is my favorite of his symphonies. But I am not a Bruckner fanatic, his music has never inspired me to those rare heights that only the greatest of music can. So, this Wand performance could serve my Bruckner appetites just fine but I have heard better. Karajan 1966, Giulini 1988, Furtwangler 1944, Walter 1959, just to name a few.
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