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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

Simon Rattle Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B007O3QC8K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Symphony No.9: I. Feierlich: MisteriosoSir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoniker23:58Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.9: II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaftSir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoniker10:56Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No.9: III. Adagio: LangsamSir Simon Rattle24:33Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No.9: IV. Finale: Misterioso, nicht schellSir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoniker22:41Album Only

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Left unfinished at his death, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony has become accepted in the form of its first three movements; even as the “only authentic version”, and many have accepted the Adagio as a fitting ending, despite the composer’s indications to the contrary. However, Bruckner's sketches for the Finale have been scrutinized by several scholars and many attempts have been made to provide a fourth movement. This is the first recording of the 2011 revision by Samale/Mazzuca/Phillips/Cohrs (SMPC) -arguably the most comprehensive, accurate and valid realisation of Bruckner’s intentions. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this exciting new recording.

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1. Symphony No.9: I. Feierlich: Misterioso
2. Symphony No.9: II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft
3. Symphony No.9: III. Adagio: Langsam
4. Symphony No.9: IV. Finale: Misterioso, nicht schell

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4.0 out of 5 stars First-class Bruckner 7 Jun 2014
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This CD is the first four movement version of Bruckner's final symphonic masterpiece that I have purchased. For years, I have been used to the idea of Bruckner's Ninth symphony as three movements which were probably perfection in themselves. The slow movement ends in tranquillity and there is widespread belief that the Adagio was Bruckner's farewell to life. This perception has been challenged by some commentators on the grounds that such a valedictory ending was atypical for Bruckner. Irrespective of these divergent interpretations however, at least to my ears, the third movement version remains the preferred version of the symphony. The finale of the four movement version is more like an arrangement, founded on the design emerging from the reconstructed sketches. There is no doubt that issues of harmonic instability culminate in the reconstructed finale. Harmonic uncertainties are persistingly evident. These are somehow stabilized in the coda but the emotional impact on the listener falls short of the typical monumental Bruckner coda such as in the seventh or eight symphonies.
As for the performance, it is as fine as any. The Berlin Philharmonic, as would be expected, is in great form. This is probably the best Bruckner that Rattle has done so far, much more convincing that the Bruckner 4.
Of course, there are great three movement versions of this monumental symphony available in the catalogue. Try, for instance, Wand with the Berlin Philharmonic, arguably the top recommendation, or Harnoncourt with the Vienna Philharmonic. Nevertheless, buy this four movement version for the sake of the philosophical and to some extent musical debate surrounding the incompleteness of Bruckner's masterpiece. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a triumph 21 May 2012
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner's Ninth well served. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent playing and recording
This is excellent. I agree with those who say that there is a lot of information to go on with the reconstruction of the finale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Charity
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to have listen to more of his stuff now.
I was browsing my classical collection wondering where the biggest gaps were, and spotted that I didn't have any Bruckner at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Rattle does it!
I don't always respond to Rattle's rummaging round the hedgerows, but this, from the very opening, sounds 'right'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lance Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner Curiosity.
As an out-an-out Bruckner nut, I had to get Rattles Ninth with the completed finale. And was not wholly disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David C. Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Finale
Having listened to several completed ninths' none of which totally fulfill, surely this one finally does Bruckner the justice he deserves. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen......
Beautiful playing although the first movement lacks tension...... Adagio is the highlight. The completed last movement is fascinating with some sublime passages, although one... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PB
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Bruckner's symphonies
I got this as I was interested in how the symphony was finished posthumously. The booklet goes over my head a bit but still a good piece of music well played. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Al the book monster
5.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Clothes?
I approached this disc with trepidation.

This is not the first attempt at a recorded `completion' of Bruckner's ninth. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magnificent
A sonically magnificent reading of Bruckner's last symphony by arguably the world's finest orchestra. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mondoro
5.0 out of 5 stars After 120 years, finally Bruckner's Ninth (almost) complete and in a...
After almost 120 years, and thanks to the patient work of 4 musicologist who dedicated 30 years to rediscover in the archives and private collections the music Bruckner wrote in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Enrique
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