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Bruckner: Symphony No.9 Import


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  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GFW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Bruckner: Symphony No.9 In D Minor - Edition: Leopold Nowak - 1. Feierlich, MisteriosoWiener Philharmoniker26:58£3.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bruckner: Symphony No.9 In D Minor - Edition: Leopold Nowak - 2. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio. SchnellLeonard Bernstein12:14£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bruckner: Symphony No.9 In D Minor - Edition: Leopold Nowak - 3. Adagio. Langsam, feierlichLeonard Bernstein26:56£3.39  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm still in two minds about this one and a mere glance at other reviews will tell you why: this is "Marmite" recording - you either love it or hate it - yet I'm still playing piggy-in-the-middle here. I also note that one trusted and respected fellow-reviewer changed his mind after longer exposure while other Bruckner-mavens are sure it's a dud. Hmmm. I can go only with my reactions after a few hearings and my first is that this is clearly Lenny as we know him caricatured: big, bold, fearless gestures which throw subtlety to the wind and go for visceral punch. You will never hear Bruckner more pummelled and pumped than this; it's like being beaten around the head with a bag of sand until you cry "Uncle".

The VPO play marvellously, clearly following and doing Lenny's bidding, grinding rallentandos, punched accents, blasting fortissimo are all just what he wants and gets; the conception is all of a piece but quite without peace: the first movement is a thunderous collapsing Valhalla, the Scherzo a House of Horrors and the Adagio asks not for the dignified weeping of deep melancholy but a storm of tears and a barrage of breast-beating.

Perhaps it was a mistake to listen to this shortly after having heard Karajan's immense 1975 account, which to my ears generates all the grandeur and passion you could want without telegraphing it.

My three stars does not so much signify that I dislike this recording as warn that it is very much an "acquired taste". Bernstein definitely does have a coherent view of these three movements and has the courage to deliver it; it isn't bitty or fragmented - quite the reverse; it will be regarded as all too consistent by those who dislike his Grand Guignol approach.

Perhaps I need to listen again...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 19 Oct 2013
Format: Audio CD
As Clint once said immortally: a man's gotta know his limitations.

Lenny prudently heeded this advice and stayed well clear of Bruckner whilst Karajan was alive - the latter could not be bettered, in Bernstein's opinion. Sadly, once Herbie had been consigned to Boot Hill, Lenny rethought his position and took up the baton . . . . . .

Put any first-rate conductor in front of the Vienna Philharmonic and you'll get a competent performance. Degrees of excellence still apply. To use a riparian analogy, Karajan was a ferryman who took one from the very wellspring of a river to the delta where it emptied into the sea. He always had an eye on the journey overall.

In Bruckner, the SS Lenny resembles the boatcrew in Apocalypse Now. He too, is on a journey - but he can't help himself: he has to stop here and there 'to collect the mangoes'. Adventures ensue. This is all well and good but the journey becomes episodic - to the detriment of Bruckner. The First Movement in particular is a start-stop-start affair. An overarching momentum is non-existent.

Lenny being Lenny, he cannot resist exaggerating whatever latent neuroses are in the score - as if he is trying to Mahler-ify it. This is particularly evident in the Scherzo.

I once had this CD. The notes are exemplary. I subsequently gave it away. From what I gather, it now resides somewhere in Prague.

It is sillyness itself to pretend that this performance is a viable alternative to either the '66 or '76 Karajan Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic.

Be good.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Jacobs on 7 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
Simply the most powerful, I would say devastating, of the dozens of Bruckner 9th's on my shelves (I am something of a Bruckner fanatic!). LB does pull the 1st movement around a bit, but it is heartfelt and moving. The 2nd movement is astonishingly powerful - the first full orchestral fortissimo almost knocked me out of my seat! As for the slow 3rd movement, I think it is most akin to the finale of Mahler's own 9th symphony - the tragedy and despair of impending death is palpable. Simply devastating. Lennie was in his last year, and from the performance of the Adagio here, I think he knew it.

Simply stunning.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amigomatt on 7 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe the other reviewer. Bruckner never had his day where people loved his music in his own lifetime. I beg anyone to find a more committed and passionate reading of this most sublime, powerful and dignified symphony.

OK, Lenny wears his heart on his sleeve at times, but where else can you hear Bruckner played like THIS!!!!
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