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Bruckner: Symphony No.9 - Four Movement Version

Bruckner: Symphony No.9 - Four Movement Version

21 May 2012

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  • Original Release Date: 21 May 2012
  • Release Date: 21 May 2012
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:22:08
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  • ASIN: B007ZQZA7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,586 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 May 2012
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Sir Simon Rattle's live recording of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony in 2006 received a mixed reception. I have myself had my reservations, ranging from mild to serious, regarding the success of some of his forays into Brahms, Strauss and Mahler, but this latest release seems to me to be the finest thing he has done with the Berlin Philharmonic to date.

Some have expressed the usual concerns about a slight muddiness in the sound EMI has given him here, although I suspect that has more to do with the acoustics inherent in the construction of the Philharmonie hall itself and the difficulty engineers have in capturing the clarity of a live performance; certainly any deficiency is not serious enough to detract from the pleasure I derive from listening to this thrilling performance.

Rattle has in the past appeared to lack a convincing overview and defaulted into a certain fussy delicacy in his interpretation of composers like Brahms, Strauss and Bruckner who respond to the big bow-wow treatment. No such problem here; he maintains the kind of sumptuousness of sound for which Karajan made the BPO (in)famous whilst ensuring that he eschews the "soupiness" which could afflict recordings from the Karajan era.

There is a massive solidity and a rich sonority about the playing here. I heard one little blip in the horns at 2:41 into the first movement but otherwise the orchestra's virtuosity throughout is breath-taking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Cheung on 6 Jan 2014
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It all makes sense! Of course this symphony is not about death, the finale is so life affirming. The last movement indeed contains elements that are of the same pathos as Te Deum and I guess that's why Bruckner suggested using it as the finale. It sounds so very much authentic. Bruckner dedicated it to "the beloved God" and what a masterpiece he has given us. Rattle's interpretation of the whole work, not just the finale, is also very inspiring. I have been listening to the first three movements for over twenty years and I think Rattle is as good as Walter, Giulini, Karajan, Celibidache, and Jochum. If you like Bruckner, you must have this. Five stars!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JJA Kiefte on 24 Jun 2012
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While driving from work recently, I happened to catch some mighty impressive music on the wireless. Although I didn't know what it was, I soon suspected it to be Bruckner. A panel of classical musicians discussed what turned out to be the 4th movement of the unfinished ninth and to a man they were lyrical about it, extolling the virtues of both the musicianship and the composition in no uncertain terms. Although I already have a couple of Bruckner ninths (Bruno Walter & Skrowachewski among them), I felt the Rattle/BPO would make a welcome addition to my discography. After having listened to it twice, I read some of the reviews on Amazon. Quite honestly I found some of them no more than bouts of apparently fashionable Rattle-bashing and nitpicking over the amount of terror the interpretation managed or failed to instill in the listener and the difficulty EMI were having with the recording venue. All I can say is that I found it a very well played, emotionally high charged performance in very fine sound; please do not allow yourself to be put off by the Rattle-bashers and hair splitters and judge the performance by its own merits, which are plentiful.
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My copy of this arrived forty minutes ago and so I have just finished hearing only the fourth movement but I really wanted to add my thoughts to all those who have written more considered and more helpful reviews. Be warned that I am one of those people who have never felt the that the ninth was fine incomplete, always feeling a bit 'cheated', though obviously not blaming Herr Bruckner, and do I have several versions of this symphony, including Harnoncourt's three movement version with the extras concerning the fourth movement, but which does not, to be clear, include the completed movement.

I cannot comment on the sound because I have only heard it on this computer, so please look at what other's have said.

I started playing the first movement to gain an idea of Rattle's approach, and thank goodness, it is not ruined by a pretentious slowness to fake profanity (for a truly horrible example including swooning strings see the 'You Tube' of Bernstein's ninth) but a flowing pulse, with clear woodwind, and with necessary grandeur. After a few minutes I switched to the fourth movement . My initial impression as it began was of disappointment at the strangeness of it but then I reminded myself that some of Bruckner's other music (which I now like very much) also seemed that way at first, and the instant pleasures increased as the movement proceeded. The coda was much better than I anticipated from what some others have indicated. I have now re-started from the first movement. Will I do anything else today but listen to this recording?

I would not, absolutely not, want to hear this symphony in the incomplete version again.

Should you buy it? i don't know but this only costs a few cups of coffee and if you would rather not have Rattle's performance (but why not?) then there there is the Naxos alternative which other people like but which is split across two discs, and costs even more cups of coffee.
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