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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major - Georg Tintner
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Perhaps I just find myself in tune with Tinter's approach. I now own the complete set, and value it as highly as Jochum's EMI set, and not only for offering alternate ecitions of the scores. That, I believe, says it all.
The first movement starts with a simple yet difficult marking - `Majestoso'. Bruckner went through an untiring effort to make sure that despite the palpable energy that permeates the entire movement, the music should be majestic in nature. Unfortunately, the cautiously skeletal markings are often blatantly ignored by many conductors who add numerous flashy and unnecessary tricks in their performances, leading ultimately to this movement sounding more Beethovenian than Brucknerian. Under the stoic and sensitive guidance of Tintner, the austere majesty of the work emerges with humbling beauty. The tempi are naturally paced, and the NZSO responds with an unerring accuracy that puts many world-class orchestral powerhouses to shame. The second movement of the symphony is perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching human utterances ever written. The poignant beauty of the movement makes it especially vulnerable to over-dramatization, as exemplified by the otherwise extremely fine Celibidache's rendition on EMI. The movement begins and ends with a heartrending oboe solo. It brings an untold story from the distance, and it takes with it the present despair to the distance.Read more ›
Come to think of it, the Bruckner 6th is a better Symphony than even I, a devoted and rabid Brucknerian, thought it was, as I drag it out to hear only a few times each year. Perhaps I should increase that, as I think I will. Tintner recorded this work around August 1, 1995 and it runs for 58:27, and the best part is the gorgeous Adagio of nearlt 19 minutes. But, as for the beginning movement, it is a plesently paced Maestoso, played as such, majestically and respectfully by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, their lone appearance in this Naxos cycle, overall a splendid project and one of artistic merit for a "minor" label. Since then, Naxos has stepped up nicely with recordings by the interesting and dynamic young American conductress, Marin Alsop nd the electrifying younger Russian, Vasily Petenko in his stunning Shostakovich traversal. Two BIG feathers in the Naxos cap, and this listener sits up excitedly, awaiting Naxos's next sorrey into the recording studio, hopefully some SaACD's or at least some "live" readings, from more up and coming podium leaders.Read more ›
Having said that, the New Zealand Symphony, while possessing a lovely string tone and good wind and brass, really can't give Tintner everything he asks for. Disturbingly, the strings, especially the violins, have frequent mishaps that often seem to mar the phrasing, especially at the end of long phrases. In light of this, unless you are understandably a huge Tintner fan, the sixth to get on a budget label is Skrowaczewski with the wonderful Saarbrucken forces on Arte Nova. Both conductors have similar takes on the music, but Skrowaczewski has the better orchestra, and sometimes he holds the tension a little better, too.
The engineering is admirable.
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The 6th is my favorite Bruckner symphony and I have heard the entire catalog of this symphony, but this one is the worst. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Dikigoros
There are many reasons to visit New Zealand. It is a choice destination for those among us who want to revisit old taboos regarding sheep. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
The recent performance of Bruckner 6 on Teldec of Barenboim led me to this particular recording of Bruckner's rather strange A minor work once again... Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by David Lee
I cannot really amplify any more what others had said here, except that there is a superb warmth to these performances that give great depth to the 6th. Read morePublished on August 25, 2004
I'm a big Bruckner fan and I can't completely say why yet. I do know that when Tintner got his Bruckner going right he kept pouring it on and this is no exception. Read morePublished on February 9, 2002 by Ward Hilgers
Almost all of Tintner's Bruckner cycle has been grossly overrated but this one is a real turkey. Slack performance by the N.Z. Read morePublished on April 9, 2001 by R. Ball
Very fine performance. Just a word of warning: ideally, a performance of the Bruckner 6th should be more exciting than this. Read morePublished on February 7, 2001 by Mark Younghusband