Bruckner: Symphony in F Minor, etc.

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Just try to imagine it: Vladimir Ashkenazy -- the Russian piano virtuoso specializing in the voluptuous Rachmaninov -- conducting Bruckner -- the Austrian composer of the most spiritual music of the nineteenth century. And Ashkenazy is not even conducting top-drawer Bruckner, but the "Symphony in F minor" from 1863, the dreaded "double zero," the symphony Bruckner wrote so he could figure out how to write a symphony. Who in the world would want to hear Ashkenazy conduct Bruckner? Anyone who loves great Bruckner, that's who. Okay, so the "Symphony in F minor" is still a terrible work, but Ashkenazy and the Deutscher-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin do everything that can be done...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Just try to imagine it: Vladimir Ashkenazy -- the Russian piano virtuoso specializing in the voluptuous Rachmaninov -- conducting Bruckner -- the Austrian composer of the most spiritual music of the nineteenth century. And Ashkenazy is not even conducting top-drawer Bruckner, but the "Symphony in F minor" from 1863, the dreaded "double zero," the symphony Bruckner wrote so he could figure out how to write a symphony. Who in the world would want to hear Ashkenazy conduct Bruckner? Anyone who loves great Bruckner, that's who. Okay, so the "Symphony in F minor" is still a terrible work, but Ashkenazy and the Deutscher-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin do everything that can be done for it or any other work: they perform it with competence and conviction. But the great Bruckner on this disc is Ashkenazy and the Deutscher-Symphonie's performance of the Adagio from Bruckner's "String Quintet" transcribed for string orchestra by Fritz Oeser. The Adagio is top-drawer Bruckner from 1885 and Ashkenazy conducts it with the fervor of Furtwängler, the Deutscher-Symphonie plays it with the passion of the Vienna Philharmonic, and Oeser does what can be done for it or any other work: he transcribes it with competence and conviction. Ondine's sound is massive and monumental, but not detailed enough. Despite the dreaded "double zero," this is a great Bruckner recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195092026
  • Catalog Number: 920
  • Sales rank: 153,541

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 00, in F minor ("Study Symphony"), WAB 99 - Anton Bruckner & Vladimir Ashkenazy (44:01)
  2. 2 Quintet for strings in F major, WAB 112: Adagio - Anton Bruckner & Vladimir Ashkenazy (16:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vladimir Ashkenazy Primary Artist
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