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Bruckner Symphonies Boxed Set Box set, Hybrid SACD, SACD


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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Querstand
  • ASIN: B0094BDO9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 SACD/CD hybrid discs, boxed, containing the complete set of Bruckner symphony recordings made live in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2013
Bruckner cycles have proliferated in the new century, almost under the radar as record companies presumably seek to save money by using less familiar orchestras and conductors. Right now Herbert Blomstedt's big white box of Symphonies 1-9 is the big beast, the most expensive one on the market that I can remember seeing (I remember the old Karajan box selling at c. £90 in its day), but were you to collect the new Janowski/Pentatone or Zweden/Exton-Challenge discs you'd probably pay much the same. Then there's also a tasty wildcard, the Salzburg cycle (ongoing) on Oehms conducted by Ivor Bolton, not to mention another Austrian band, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz with Russell Davies selling at budget price on Arte Nova. All of these cycles, most recorded live, are currently available as separate volumes so the potential for playing mix and match is enormous.

The trouble is, the options are increasing but so is the complication of symphony editions, especially with conductors mixing them up according to their taste. Russell Davies, for example, opts for the 'first concept' editions of Nos 4 & 8, so not the popular versions. Gerd Schaller has even tailored new revisions of some of them for his Munich series on Profil. Zweden opts for the 1877 3rd but with the presto coda to the scherzo and so on and so on...

One could easily wind up with an unwanted version, whichever box one chose. To cap it all, just about every cycle, whether of Nos 1-9, 0-9 or 00-9, recorded before the millennium, is a fraction of the cost of these new contenders. Gunter Wand in Cologne (Sony) is retailing for little more than a tenner!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. W. GOUGH-COOPER on 20 Sep 2013
This collection of recordings, as the items have appeared individually, has garnered more-or-less unanimously excellent reviews. But a caveat: although subtitled 'The Complete Symphonies', prospective purchasers should be aware that it only contains Bruckner's symphonies 1 to 9; the early F-minor symphony (1863) and the D-minor 'Die Nullte' (1869) are not included. The F-minor, so-called 'Study Symphony' was written only a couple of years before the Symphony No.1, and the D-minor symphony appears to have been written after No.1 (1865-66), and so should certainly be included in any 'complete' survey of Bruckner's symphonic output. The 'Study Symphony' is fully achieved, and shows all the hallmarks of Bruckner's 'early' symphonic style; and Bruckner's failure of confidence about the D-minor symphony, due to conductor Felix Dessoff's myopic question "Where is the main theme?", should not excuse neglect of this very fine, fully 'Brucknerian' symphony.

P.S. As I say in response to criticism of this apparently 'narrow-minded' and 'myopic' review (see below), there are several sets available that approach 'completeness', including Tintner's revelatory recordings on Naxos; Eliahu Inbal's on Teldec; Marcus Bosch's on Coviello Classics; and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's on Oehms Classical. All of these are also significantly less expensive than the Blomstedt 1-9!
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