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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - Sony Classical Masters [Box set]

Günter Wand Audio CD
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  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0042U2HLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner at his best 15 Oct 2012
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Apart from Bach, Bruckner is the one composer I couldn't imagine living without. One of my greatest musical memories is seeing Gunter Wand in his late eighties conducting the Fifth Symphony at the BBC Proms. He was frail and conducted sitting down but some intangible magic happened and by the final chords nobody in the hall could have doubted that they had been privy to truly great music-making. In person Wand appears to have been cantankerous, sometimes downright unpleasant and prone to sudden cancellation for no good reason but as John Drummond said in his Guardian obituary "... few conductors of our time have come closer to a deep understanding of either Schubert or Bruckner. Putting up with the insults was almost always worth it in the end."

There are certain individual Bruckner recordings which I will always treasure - Bohm's awe-inspiring Fourth and Giuilini's incandescent Seventh both with the Vienna Philharmonic are good examples - but Wand's cycle is much more than the sum of its parts. There is a unity to the performances which is difficult to define but which makes it a journey through Bruckner's soundscape under the expert guidance of one of his greatest and most faithful interpreters. With Wand on the podium you can almost feel Bruckner's development from gauche, monkish organist to symphonic giant. The absence of the Nullte is a pity but otherwise it's impossible to find anything negative to say about these wonderful, heartfelt performances.

As Romulus has already pointed out, the sound engineering is excellent. There is never any need to dive for the volume control to boost the soft passages or rein in the tuttis. Just put on your chosen disc, sit back, close your eyes and be transported to Bruckner heaven.

There are no notes but references are hardly difficult to find.

Recommended without reservation
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Introduction to the Works 24 Jun 2013
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As essentially a newcomer to Bruckner, I chose this set on the basis of numerous recommendations. It's a tough field, as with any classical works, as different listeners will like different approaches. These are solid performances, which perhaps stay on the safe side, with regard to expressiveness and dynamics, while respecting the music. Personally, I like this music because it doesn't shout and attempt to draw attention to itself, and it requires a careful touch to reveal the textures of the soundscapes, establish suitable tempos, and foreswear drama and over-emphasis. The one reservation I have regarding this set is that the sound can seem compressed(and that the final disc contains both the 9th symphony and one movement of the 8th). Other reviewers have praised the sound on these recordings, so the flattening may be a function of my audio equipment. As another reviewer has pointed out, one set of performances is not enough, and the sets by Jochum and Celibidache both come highly recommended as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recordings! 19 Aug 2013
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I first listened to Bruckner through the 9th symphony as a free disc with the BBC Music magazine years ago. Initially bought the Barenboim/BPO set, which is very good. I was blown away by the first movement of the 4th and soon wanted to try other recordings. The reviews of this set are accurate, in that that the sound quality and life in the music is astonishing, and a bargain to boot. Very interesting to compare the tempo and sound between sets; for example I noticed a huge difference between the Wand and the Barenboim in the 4th! I think the Wand / BPO next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The thing about Bruckner... 30 Sep 2011
By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Is that none of his symphonies are mediocre. I only really started paying attention to him a couple of years ago as a result of all the discussion about him on the Amazon Classical Music forum. I got the Jochum EMI set, listened to them all, identified some of the particularly beautiful bits, and knew I had made a friend for life. But as I find so often, its only when you come to something the second time around, presumably after some subconscious alchemical assimilation has taken place, that the really deep connections start to be made. I caught the second movement of Wand's seventh on Radio 3 a few months back, and I immediately went home and ordered this set. This time around has been such a wonderful and life enhancing journey. I've gone through them in order, one at a time, playing them over and over. And now I'm starting to get the same kind of familiarity with them as I have with Beethoven's, Mahler's and Shostakovich's. Most recently it was the 7th, the one I heard on the radio that started the whole thing off. Ironically, it proved the most difficult one to crack so far. There was even a point where I wondered if I had finally found one that I didn't really like, but eventually it clicked (really just a case of slowing my 'mental metabolism' down enough to cope with a slow first AND second movement). I am due to start 'work' on the eighth now, and find myself waiting for the properly receptive moment.

For me, Bruckner's message is so powerfully positive, and I suppose has a spiritual purity akin to Beethoven's. There is struggle but never despair. There is never really any doubt that triumph will come in the end. The failure and hopelessness that are such a strong feature of Mahler and Shostakovich find no place in Bruckner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy Bruckner
A first class recording giving excellent value for money, Bruckner an interesting composer contemporary of Wagner & Brahms. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jersey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
The complete set for such a low price AND of such a high standard represents better value than all of my recent CD purchases. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trombonist's delight.
Gunter Wand has such a powerful interpretation and understanding of the music of Bruckner. Well balanced orchestration with strong dynamic contrast.
Published 3 months ago by Michiel IRIK
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice music
This was my first encounter with this composer and I like very much what I hear. This is an excellent recording
Published 4 months ago by G. van den Hof
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
If it's a Bruckner boxed set you're after then this is the one to get. Good price and good recordings.
Published 4 months ago by J. A. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why I love Bruckner!
Where do I start?

Perhaps with a confession. I first came across Dr Gunter Wand through an old 78 of my dad's of The Mastersingers overture. Awful it was. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr Alastair Bowie
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent recordings
I am delighted with these recordings. They are fantastic value and give me all I want from Bruckner symphonies. The Analogue recordings are very good.
Published 16 months ago by I. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Interpretation
This CD set of Bruckner's Symphonies by conductor Gunter Wand's with the Kolner Rudfunk Symphony Orchestra is magnificent. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars you probably haven't "found" Bruckner yet
Was looking to expand my classical collection recently and bought this set. Had built up a decent collection from the usual cast of characters (Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius,... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Dad
4.0 out of 5 stars A novice at sea
These compilation sets are amazing value. I buy several versions at once and thoroughly enjoy the immersion in new unchartered waters. Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by Gps Rogers
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