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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 In E Major (Donald Runnicles/ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) (Hyperion: CDA67916)

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  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0099NVXA0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No 7 in E major Allegro moderato [19'18]
2. Symphony No 7 in E major Adagio| Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam [19'09]
3. Symphony No 7 in E major Scherzo| Sehr schnell Trio| Etwas langsamer [9'33]
4. Symphony No 7 in E major Finale | Bewegt, doch nicht schnell [12'00]

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Hyperion is delighted to present Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in his debut on the label. Runnicles commands his orchestra in Bruckner's most popular symphonyrepertoire that is at the heart of his musical life, and in which he has few living equals. Recent concerts of the works of Bruckner and Wagner have received the highest critical praise, acknowledging the orchestra and their conductor as consummate performers of this music.

Donald Runnicles is regarded as one of the finest conductors of symphonic and operatic repertoire active today. Runnicles is the General Music Director of Deutsche Oper Berlin and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In addition he is also Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

As Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mr Runnicles has literally returned home. A Scot by birth, he conducts five weeks of the orchestra's subscription concerts in Scotland and northern England, and anchors its substantial presence at the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms. Runnicles is sought after by the world's finest symphony orchestras. As well as being Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a decade he also maintains continuing relationships with the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Philadelphia orchestras.Donald Runnicles was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004.

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Runnicles gives the symphony greater architectural cohesion Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, Jan'13

It is thoughtful,radiant and eminently musical, and that the modesty as well as the humanity of Bruckner's vision is faithfully realised. --Gramophone, Jan'13

The central European tradition of Bruckner interpretation is still bedevilled by inauthentic tempo changes and by ritardandos that clog the flow of the composer's mighty outpourings. One of the strengths of this resplendent account of the Seventh is its refusal to take any notice of such impertinences, originally imposed on Bruckner by people who thought his uncouth peasant genius in need of a helping hand. Runnicles keeps the whole sublime first movement at a steady, subtly flexible two in a bar; and, in the finale, he takes the chorale second subject at the same pace as the frisky opening theme, with consequent benefit to the music's structure. --Sunday Times, 06/01/13

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin W on 3 Mar. 2013
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The playing and recording of this Bruckner 7 are exemplary. What distinguishes this interpretation from others I have known (e.g. Walter, Barenboim and Chailly) is that it is 10 minutes shorter, coming in at 60 minutes compared to the usual 70. Runnicles, perhaps due to his operatic background, brings a sense of drama and urgency to his orchestral conducting. Heard live, his Beethoven symphonies are wonderful (some enterprising label should record them). The end result here in Bruckner is a fresh and imposing account of a great symphony. In line with his dramatic approach he includes the cymbal clash in the slow movement to great effect.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth P Campbell on 24 April 2013
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Well played and well recorded. The work was given the treatment which it, as a very fine example of its kind, deserved. Hope the band and conductor now do James MacMillan's oboe concerto.

BRAVO
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thouroughly idiomatic Bruckner from the British Isles, of all places 15 Dec. 2012
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OK, don't go throwing out your Karajan, Jochum, Gunter Wand, Barenboim or Furtwaengler Bruckner 7th's from your collection. But let me tell you, this is REALLY good! - probably THE most idiomatic Bruckner I've ever heard coming out of the British Isles, discounting the famous recordings of standard Austro/German repertoire Klemperer made with the Philharmonia in the '60s. While I don't think a finely tuned ear would mistake the BBC Scottish for the Vienna Phil. or Dresden Staatskapelle, neither are they far off the mark.

Then again, none of this should come as a big surprise when the conductor employed is perhaps THE leading Wagner conductor in the world today, Donald Runnicles (and I suppose Barenboim is right up there too). With its funereal ode to Wagner in the second movement (hence, Bruckner's first use of Wagner Tubas), the 7th makes a logical crossover into the world of symphonic literature. Excuse the pun, but Runnicles doesn't miss a beat anywhere along the way. Combined with Hyperion's usual high standards for sound quality, this is seriously as good as any Bruckner 7 that I already own (and the 7th is my favorite, complete Bruckner symphony).

Look at this way, when BBC Radio 3 endorses a recording for either Hyperion or Chandos, there's a reason. For you timing buffs (I'm one of them): I - 19:18; II - 19:09; III - 9:33; IV - 12:00
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