Bruckner: Symphony No. 3; Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture & Venusberg Music

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Those who find stately performances of Bruckner beyond the pale, and who would prefer not to hear the "Symphony No. 3 in D minor" in a mono recording of a live radio broadcast, will immediately dismiss this disc. Others, though, may consider this CD more dispassionately, for Sir John Barbirolli's special sympathy for Bruckner is legendary, and the deficiencies of this 1964 recording are easy to tolerate for the sake of the majestic performance given here. Following the Nowak Edition of Bruckner's 1877 version, Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra comfortably inhabit the "Symphony" and give it a spacious reading, content to take it at a leisurely pace and let the work's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Those who find stately performances of Bruckner beyond the pale, and who would prefer not to hear the "Symphony No. 3 in D minor" in a mono recording of a live radio broadcast, will immediately dismiss this disc. Others, though, may consider this CD more dispassionately, for Sir John Barbirolli's special sympathy for Bruckner is legendary, and the deficiencies of this 1964 recording are easy to tolerate for the sake of the majestic performance given here. Following the Nowak Edition of Bruckner's 1877 version, Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra comfortably inhabit the "Symphony" and give it a spacious reading, content to take it at a leisurely pace and let the work's resonance build properly. A faster clip would have made the "Symphony" choppy and stunted, but Barbirolli's measured tempi and gradually swelling dynamics pay off in some monumental climaxes, achieving the massive organ effects Bruckner desired. Unfortunately, there are extraneous noises that distract -- not least, Barbirolli's humming -- which are, alas, part of the historical record along with the performance's finer aspects. Additionally, the microphone seems inadequate for the enormous tutti, and there is a perceptible flattening of the full sonority when the orchestra plays fortissimo or louder. Wagner's "Tannhäuser Overture" and "Venusberg Music," recorded live in 1969, are enjoyable filler, but less awe-inspiring than the Bruckner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911416121
  • Catalog Number: 4161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3 in D minor ("Wagner"), WAB 103 (various versions) - Anton Bruckner & John Barbirolli (53:05)
    Composed byAnton Bruckner
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, The Hallé
    1. 1I. Gemäßigt, mehr bewegt, misterioso
    2. 2II. Bewegt, feierlich, quasi Adagio
    3. 3III. Ziemlich schnell - Trio
    4. 4IV. Allegro
  2. 5 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture - Venusberg Music - Richard Wagner & John Barbirolli (25:30)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, The Hallé
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Performance Credits
John Barbirolli Primary Artist
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