Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
     
 

The greatest virtue of Bernard Haitink's live recording of Anton Bruckner's "Symphony No. 7 in E major" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is its stunning clarity, a characteristic noted in several of the conductor's other concert recordings, but one which is of paramount significance in this captivating CD. Bruckner's symphonic music has long been interpreted as… See more details below

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The greatest virtue of Bernard Haitink's live recording of Anton Bruckner's "Symphony No. 7 in E major" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is its stunning clarity, a characteristic noted in several of the conductor's other concert recordings, but one which is of paramount significance in this captivating CD. Bruckner's symphonic music has long been interpreted as architectural in form, and conductors have often let small details of articulation, dynamics, and tone color fall by the wayside while concentrating on the larger matters of structure and pacing. Not so Haitink, who grasps all aspects of the symphony and delivers a powerful interpretation, yet at the same time approaches the music with a fine ear to the slightest nuances and most delicate timbral effects, and makes it seem quite fresh and intimate, even to ears that have become jaded from hearing many other traversals of this popular work. The CSO is one of the world's greatest orchestras and can be expected to turn in a grand performance of Bruckner's "Seventh" any day of the week; but under Haitink's attentive and meticulous direction, the orchestra is absolutely spellbinding and this perennial favorite sounds quite new and vital, particularly in the subtle shading of woodwind combinations and in the exceptionally translucent playing of the strings. The reproduction is remarkably clean for a live recording, and passages at the softest levels are virtually unblemished by audience noises.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
For all its grandeur, the Bruckner symphony is phrased in ways that make its manner disarmingly intimate.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
This recording does have the stupendous Chicago brass in its favour, and they really do crown the climaxes of the work magnificently.
Toronto Star - John Terauds
If you like your Germanic music with a steely edge, you'll love the Teutonic rigour of this 67-minute outing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Cso Resound
UPC:
0810449017046
catalogNumber:
901704
Rank:
316688

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  1. Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107  - Anton Bruckner  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Bernard Haitink

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