Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 9

The special feature of this 9 CD box presented by BR Klassik is that the recordings with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks are conducted by not only one but a total of four conductors closely associated with the orchestra - all of them proven international Bruckner experts: Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel. The recordings were made between 1999 and 2017.

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Bruckner’s symphonies form the backbone of Late Romantic symphonic music. Indeed, he can be said to have reinvented the symphony – something that not even Liszt or Wagner had dared to do in the wake of the groundbreaking masterpieces by Beethoven that until then had ranked as the climax and end-point of the genre. It was Bruckner and, somewhat later, Brahms who sought and found new methods of reviving the symphonic genre and developing it further. In this regard, Bruckner’s approach was entirely new. From the outset, he relied on the sound of the large orchestra, and rather than mixing the individual groups of instruments he tended to either separate them from each other or couple them together like organ registers (with which, as an organist, he was very familiar). Terraced dynamics, that is, the immediate juxtaposition of piano and forte without transition, was also something Bruckner derived from the organ. As a church musician, he had close contact with these and other elements of Baroque music, and they flowed into his symphonies. As far as dramaturgical development was concerned, he tended to favour Schubert; indeed, it was the organic continuation and alternating interconnection of themes Bruckner had learned from Schubert that also explains the unprecedented performance length of his symphonies.
Bruckner’s Nine Symphonies are a constant in the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, as in those of all major orchestras. The special feature of the 9 CD box being presented here by BR KLASSIK is that the recordings are conducted by not only one but a total of four conductors closely associated with the orchestra, all of them proven international Bruckner experts. More than in any other compilation, common features in interpretation (also due to the same orchestra) as well as fascinating differences due to the various interpretive approaches of the respective conductors can all be detected. In these recordings, made between 1999 and 2017, it also becomes clear what brilliant contributions Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel have made over the decades to Bruckner’s symphonic oeuvre.
The recording of the 9th Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt dating from 2009 has never been released on CD before, and those of the 3rd and 4th symphonies under Mariss Jansons were previously reserved for a small circle of subscribers as CDs, and have now been made commercially available for the very first time.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Herbert Blomstedt (Symphony Nr. 9)
Bernard Haitink (Symphonies  Nos. 5 & 6)
Mariss Jansons (Smyphonies Nos. 3, 4, 7 & 8)
Lorin Maazel (Smyphonies Nos.1 & 2)

BR-KLASSIK 9 CD 900716
Booklet: in German / in English
9 CD digibox / special price

  • Bruckner’s Nine Symphonies in live recordings made between 1999 and 2017 in the Philharmonie in Munich’s Gasteig and in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein (No. 7)
  • The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks plays under proven Bruckner experts Herbert Blomstedt (No. 9), Bernard Haitink (Nos. 5 and 6), Mariss Jansons (Nos. 3, 4, 7 and 8) and Lorin Maazel ( Nos. 1 and 2)
  • First ever CD release of the 2009 recording of Symphony No. 9 under Herbert Blomstedt
  • The recordings of Symphonies Nos. 3 and four under Mariss Jansons have not been commercially available so far