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Bruckner - Symphony No 6 (LSO, Davis) Live

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  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Lso Live
  • ASIN: B000063DQG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of all Anton Bruckner's symphonies, the Sixth is his most original. Its contrasting moods, and overarching theme moving from darkness to light, bring music that can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating in one of the most enigmatic symphonic endings of the 19th century.


'... an ideal starter for the uninitiated and a must for the connoisseur.' -- The Observer

'One of the most thrilling discs to land on my desk in recent history ... there is something about the entire performance that is utterly convincing. And it won't get out of my head.' -- Sunday Herald

'Passion, power and sensuous beauty.'

'The Best of Bruckner ... The LSO triumphs' -- The Times

'The LSO's Live series is proving a great success. The architecture of the work ... is masterfully surmised.'
-- Sunday Times

'wonderfully detailed... an ideal starter for the uninitiated and a must for the connoisseur.' -- The Observer, February 9, 2003

‘inspired playing, excellent recorded sound’ -- Music Week, February 1, 2003

‘passion, power and sensuous beauty’ BENCHMARK RECORDING -- BBC Music Magazine, March, 2003

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I've heard Colin Davis play this symphony several times with the LSO and it is a work that he clearly loves. It is the Bruckner symphony that seems to suit him best of all. He has a greater warmth and spontaneity than Klemperer in his famous (and marvellous) recording but with much the same sense of scale and proportion. Compare Davis and Klemperer at the end of the first movement and you will see what I mean. There is detail and there is power without bombast. The sound quality is some of the best I've heard from the LSO Live source. It is a reading of the symphony that repays close scrutiny and is one of my favourite Bruckner recordings. Highly recommended.
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This is a live recording and it sounds it.Excellent atmosphere with great sense of involvement and of "being there". Thankfully no one with a severe chest infection turned up, so no coughing to spoil things .I can only compare it to the Naxos recording and this live recording definitely sounds superior to it,good as the Naxos is.However on I notice that some reviewers take issue with Sir Colin Davis's interpretation of Bruckners 6th, but I think it sounds wonderful. Buy with confidence.
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HASH(0x99fb6168) out of 5 stars Better sound, but... 6 April 2011
By Glen A. Gill - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bruckner interpretations can be all over the map. Generally though, the "cathedral sound" approach is applied by just about every conductor to every single one of his symphonies. Regarding the 6th, generally, this has always been a serious mis-calculation. This particular score requires a much more forward-moving, driving, approach. The desire to "paint" this score with broad strokes (tempos), generally, does not work and in less capable hands can, and has, become almost incoherent; although (there is always an exception) Celibidache/Munich Phil.O. video performances of the 6th, 7th, and 8th (originally released on Sony Classical Laserdisc) are rather riveting despite the fact that each score lasts 15 to 20 minutes longer than any other performance I have ever heard. The 8th is over 100 minutes long (good grief)! Come on Sony, where are the DVD releases of these performances? Actually, as I have gotten older and have grown with these scores and various performances, I tend to prefer the less fussy, over-blown, performances for those that are more tight, clear, and finely detailed. What's the old saying: "The devil is in the details" (I'm sure somebody will correct me if I got that quotation wrong). I delight in the inner details and textures of Bruckner's symphonies. With most recordings, a lot seems "glossed over" in favor of attaining that before mentioned "cathedral sound".
As I am writing this, I am listening again to this recording. For those that were seriously disappointed in the sound of Sir Colin's 9th (and with good reason), you can put away your fears. This is a great sounding recording. The LSO is in top form. One must wonder what happened with the 9th since the 6th was also recorded in the Barbican. Here, ensemble is fairly tight, vivid, and well-balanced. There is great effect in having the 1st and 2nd violins on opposite sides of the stage; something that is missing when having the orchestra in a more conventional seating pattern.
There are times when an orchestra's performance can overcome the lack of conductor's insight. This is just one case. I do not know why Sir Colin decided to do Bruckner. He just doesn't seem to have the right mind set for it. The 4 stars given here are not for the interpretation but the orchestra's brilliant performance.
Personally, there are truly no satisfying performances of the 6th. Acceptable versions (until something better comes along) are, of course, Karajan and Jochum (in the case of the 6th, I would probably go with his Dresden recording).
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a184630) out of 5 stars Better Bruckner From Davis, But..... 22 Jan. 2004
By John Kwok - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I wouldn't recommend this CD to anyone looking for a primary recommendation since the finest recordings were made by Eugen Jochum and Herbert von Karajan; these are still available on the EMI and Deustche Grammophon labels. Still this recording deserves some attention since it is the best recently recorded performance I have heard so far. The London Symphony Orchestra is in fine form, with exceptional playing from the brass, woodwinds and strings. It is yet another splendid example of Sir Colin Davis's great musical partnership with this orchestra; one that will be remembered well. However, as a Bruckner interpreter, his conducting can be described best as either plodding or indifferent, in stark contrast to the clarity of vision and emotional impact brought to bear by Jochum and Karajan. Both conductors had a great affinity for Bruckner's music and were vigorous advocates in its behalf during the 1960's and 1970's. Regrettably, the same can not be said for Sir Colin Davis's interpretations, judging from this recording and his recording of the Bruckner 9th Symphony, also with the London Symphony Orchestra.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5d754c) out of 5 stars An oddball Bruckner Sixth from Davis 21 July 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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In the U.K., hwere to show even modified rapture for the work of Colin Davis is the equivalent in shame as betraying the Official Secrets Act, this live Bruckner Sixth with the LSO got good reviews. But even the most sanguine critics had to admit that Sir Colin's take was odd. He tones down the great brass epiphanies, keeps the temperature low throughout, and favors tempos relzed to the point of lethargy in the Scherzo. Ther are many problems in the enigmatic Sixth that even the most seasoned Brucknerians find hard to crack. Davis simply ignores them, moving form point A to B as if ntohing is amiss. To my earws there is a lot amiss. Unless you ae a die-hard fan of the LSO or Davis, this one's a miss.
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a189a2c) out of 5 stars Arts and Crafts Project 6 July 2008
By James Alan Ciammetti - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Purchase this CD and give it a listen. Purchase five or six more copies, and with a couple wire coat hangers and some fishing line, you can fashion yourself a dandy spinning mobile. Shiny enough to entertain toddlers, or to frighten unwanted pests from your garden, this mobile may be finest 'green' alternative to relistening to the CD without just tossing it in the trash.

Unfortunately, this recording is not particularly insightful or inspiring, not a suitable first choice for a new listener to Bruckner, and definitely not a replacement for a favorite recording by a seasoned listener.

Many times when attending a fine concert, I think, "That was really quite a performance, I hope it will be rebroadcast on radio, or released on CD." I wonder if the attendees of this concert were thinking something similar. Mmmmmmmmm.........probably not.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a189bdc) out of 5 stars Not this conductor's strength 1 Dec. 2013
By J. K. Davis MD - Published on
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If Sir Colin Davis has recorded a genuinely excellent recording of Bruckner or Mahler, please let me know. He should have stuck to Berlioz, Sibelius Haydn and Mozart.
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