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Bruckner: Symphony No.2 Import

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  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (22 Dec. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Classics
  • ASIN: B0000035TX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym No.2 in c: 1. Ziemlich Schnell
2. Sym No.2 in c: 2. Adagio. Feierlich, Etwas Bewegt
3. Sym No.2 in c: 3. Scherzo. Schnell
4. Sym No.2 in c: 4. Finale. Mehr Schnell

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Denham on 5 Sept. 2012
It is with a certain amount of surprise, as well as delight, that I share with you, fair reader, my enthusiasm for this remarkable recording, but first I must thank my fellow reviewer, G Pelloni, for drawing it to my attention in the first place ! For would anyone expect a live performance of perhaps the least performed numbered symphony of the Bruckner canon from as far back as 1951 to be any good ? From a time when Bruckner scholarship was still in its infancy and such renowned Brucknerians, such as Hans Knappertsbusch, were still using corrupt scores ? From an orchestra never widely regarded as one of Germany's finest and from a conductor now only known to the cognescenti ? Well, hearing is believing.....

Franz Konwitschny was a very fine German conductor who led the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1949 until his death in 1962. He is probably best known to collectors for a rather fine Flying Dutchman and a Beethoven symphony cycle from Leipzig which yielded, as its highpoint, a Seventh Symphony of such blistering intensity that the distinguished British critic Deryck Cooke was quite bowled over by it in his review in Gramophone magazine (you can seek it out online on that magazine's website, if you so choose).

This particular performance though is not with the fabled Leipzigers, but rather with the Berlin Radio SO, then situated in East Berlin. That said, they play wonderfully, yielding nothing in terms of understanding and commitment to anyone, with only the occasional less than razor sharp ensemble betraying its live provenance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G Pelloni on 18 Nov. 2006
this is an oustanding performance, possibly the best rendition of this symphony available on the market today. Konwitschny's reading of Bruckner's 2nd symphony is as colossal as his reading of Bruckner's 7th (perhaps the only performance which can be ranked alongside Furtwangler's majectic 1949 with the BPO).

This performance of the 2nd is a superb achievement unmatched by any other great Brucknerian on disc. Konwitschny's sense of the musical architecture and poliphonic structure, his sensitive and flexible use of rubatos, his ability of pulling together the music even in its relatively weaker moments, make this recording magical. It is unfortunate that this great conductor, though famous in Eastern Europe, was overlooked by the great recording companies in the West. He was one of the favourite conductors of David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter. Listening to this recording you understand why such great artists had such an high regard for him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a masterful performance by an overlooked master 9 July 2005
By G Pelloni - Published on Amazon.com
this is an oustanding performance, to be ranked among the best of this symphony. Konwitschny's reading of Bruckner's 2nd symphony is as colossal as his reading of Bruckner's 7th (perhaps the only performance which can be ranked alongside Furtwangler's majectic 1949 with the BPO).
This performance of the 2nd is an uncomparable achievement unmatched by any other great Brucknerian. Konwitschny's sense of structure, his sensitive and flexible use of rubatos, his ability of pulling together the music even in its relatively weaker moments, make this recording quite magical. It is unfortunate that this great conductor, though famous in Eastern Europe, was overlooked by the great recording companies. I wish there were more Bruckner's recordings by Konwitschny.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bruckner Symphony 2-Franz Konwitschny 8 July 2002
By Doug Rea - Published on Amazon.com
It is a rule of thumb that conductors are inconsistent in the quality of their performances-they run hot and cold. Nowhere is this more evident than with the German conductor Franz Konwitschny. Especially with his Bruckner, Konwitschny could be brilliant-or abysmal-take your pick. In this 1951 live recording of Bruckners' Second Symphony, the conductor has done the best recording of his career, and also the best Bruckner 2 in existence.This performance is flawless, and shows that the conductor had a deep understanding of the work. This symphony had been nicknamed "The Symphony of Rests", and Konwitschny lets it show with a sensitive, unhurried pace with pauses that leave the listener begging for more. This conductor was influenced by Wilhelm Furtwangler but was not a "Furtwangler clone" -this recording, as well as his early Wagner efforts, shows that Konwitschny had developed a distinct identity. (Furtwangler could only dream of doing a Bruckner 2 this good}
Leaving Furtwanglers' hazy mysticism behind, this is Bruckner sounding clear and tidy, but without sacrificing warmth and emotion. The spiritual element is there in the way that it should be. {Eugen Jochum could have learned alot} I have been moved to tears many times by this noble rendition; no other Bruckner 2 can match it. It is really a shame that Konwitschnys' other Bruckner recordings are not up to the level of this one, but nobody is perfect. I am gratefull to have this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
the best, maybe in the whole bruckner canon 13 May 2013
By Dabí Sánchez - Published on Amazon.com
The former editor of Gramophone, John Warrack, said it best. "Greatness is inconsistent". He said that about van Beinum, some of whose performances were humdrum while others rose to indisputable greatness. The other part of Warrack's quote is the killer. "It is mediocrity that may always be counted on to be itself". How many people do you know like that? People who have it in them, perhaps, to do something great -- if they would only have the guts. Failure is an indispensable part of success. In East Germany -- remember that place? -- this conductor was known as "con whisky". It seems that he fell on his face more than once. But when he rose up, it was to the heavens. Listen to this sublime performance and hear for yourself. No worries about the sound, either -- this is one of those fabulous German radio recordings where stereo doesn't seem to be needed at all. If the price is right, grab this recording and listen with a good whisky. Nothing else will matter.
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