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Bruckner: 10 Symphonies

12 Sept. 2011 | Format: MP3

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30
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15:13
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2
12:43
30
3
6:49
30
4
11:03
Disc 2
30
1
12:19
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2
12:12
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3
9:06
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4
13:21
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5
6:08
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6
2:51
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7
1:20
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8
6:29
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9
5:39
Disc 3
30
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19:13
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2
17:10
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3
10:21
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4
19:33
Disc 4
30
1
20:48
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2
16:49
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3
7:22
30
4
15:24
30
5
8:47
Disc 5
30
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18:05
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2
15:44
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3
9:32
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4
20:20
Disc 6
30
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21:25
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2
17:18
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3
13:17
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23:39
Disc 7
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16:35
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18:13
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8:48
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4
14:31
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5
13:52
Disc 8
30
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20:34
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22:57
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3
10:28
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4
12:37
Disc 9
30
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15:21
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2
15:08
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25:56
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4
22:53
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24:06
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11:05
30
3
25:25
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2011
  • Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
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  • Total Length: 11:08:29
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  • ASIN: B005LT21DE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Kenchington on 25 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I received this set the other day and was blown away by both the quality of performance and recording. I somehow thought these Barenboim performances might be a bit on the 'worthy' side and was genuinely surprised at the mystery, majesty and sheer brilliance of both the conducting and playing on offer here.
Unfairly trumped by competing cycles from Karajan and Jochum in the early 1980s, and later by Barenboim's own Berlin remakes for Warner Classics, its good to have this long-lost DG set back in circulation.
I agree with the previous review, the brass is everything in Bruckner. The majestic fanfares, the lofty chorale themes, the apocalypic climaxes that are the bedrock of Bruckner's musical language cry out for a brass section which has the kind of flexibility and durability the uniquely talented players of the Chicago Symphony provides. And yet Barenboim's judicious balancing of the orchestra and the recording engineers' careful mixing ensures the power of the part-writing never overlaps into the kind of coarseness that marrs so much of Solti's set recorded with the same ensemble a few years later.
As for Barenboim's interpretations I find much to admire. He finds humour and excitement in the first two symphonies and warmth and flexibility in the third and fourth. He also finds mystery, just listen to the second movement of the 'Romantic' or the noble string themes of the fifth and seventh symphonies. And the sixth, so often the joker of the Bruckner pack, has never sounded more confident and songful.
Barenboim's tempi are elastic, yet organic - avoiding the excitable 'push me, pull you' approach of Jochum while avoiding the sometimes tiring 'one tempo fits everything' approach of Karajan at his most overweening.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The young Daniel Barenboim's recordings of Anton Bruckner's symphonies and other music was at the heart of my journey to become a fan of the composer. As a young collector in the 1970s, I heard the 1972 Daniel Barenboim-Chicago Symphony Orchestra collaboartion of Bruckner's "Romantic" Symphony No. 4 on public radio in the USA (something like BBC but not as good although it was much better in the 1970s) and was astounded by this sound focused on brass chorales. I asked my public radio station to play the recording on their Saturday evening request program and they did so. A week later, a recalcitrant disk jockey at the station refused to repeat the act, saying the Barenboim was an inferior interpretation. Instead, he played Bruno Walter's stereo recording.

Some time later, while listening to a Saturday morning classical review program on my public broadcasting station that featured New York critics Irving Kolodin and Martin Bookspan, they spun the Scherzo of Barenboim's Bruckner Romantic symphony. Expecting the critics to have the same visceral response I did, I was shocked when they were lukewarm to the recording, calling it (among the better things) rushed. As a collector new to the world of classical music, this was the beginning of my education on critical listening.

These recordings have hung around the Internet for all these years, some still available in cutouts. A Japanese printing of the entire set sold out quickly last year, perhaps convincing Universal/DG to renew the entire set worldwide, as they have done here. The sound, which was astounding in the 1970s, is not up to the highest digital-super audio standards of the new century but is eminently listenable.
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