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Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (Haitink)

LSO0746 SACD

Bruckner 9

Bruckner 9

Bernard Haitink conductor

Album of the Week ‘Haitink, as ever, maintains a magisterial grasp on the architectural span of Bruckner’s final “cathedral in sound”. In his 85th year, he is the doyen of the world’s great Brucknerians. His latest interpretation of the Ninth is not to be missed.’ The Sunday Times (UK)

Editor's Choice Editor’s Quote: ‘Great music-making,’ concludes David Gutman, and so it is: a deeply considered, powerful presentation of (the three movements of) Bruckner’s final thoughts. Gramophone (UK)

***** Performance ***** Recording ‘…this performance from last year with the London Symphony Orchestra on stupendous form seems to mark a pitch of understanding and communication which it wouldn’t be possible to surpass.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Bernard Haitink is internationally renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner and is widely recognised as the world’s leading Bruckner conductor.

Bruckner’s symphonies are often described as ‘Gothic cathedrals in sound,’ an apt description considering the composer’s devout faith and early vocation as an organist. He died before he could finish his Symphony No 9 but within its three movements can be found some of his most complete music, imbued with a sense of deep solace and resolution.

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Album of the Week ‘Haitink, as ever, maintains a magisterial grasp on the architectural span of Bruckner’s final “cathedral in sound”. In his 85th year, he is the doyen of the world’s great Brucknerians. His latest interpretation of the Ninth is not to be missed.’ The Sunday Times (UK)

Editor's Choice Editor’s Quote: ‘Great music-making,’ concludes David Gutman, and so it is: a deeply considered, powerful presentation of (the three movements of) Bruckner’s final thoughts. Gramophone (UK)

Multi-channel disc of the month. "A ‘reference’ recording and performance of Bruckner’s unfinished 9th" Audiophile Audtion (US)

***** Performance ***** Recording ‘…this performance from last year with the London Symphony Orchestra on stupendous form seems to mark a pitch of understanding and communication which it wouldn’t be possible to surpass.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

‘It’s always hard to put such impressions into words, so I can only urge Bruckner collectors to hear this for themselves. I’ve always found Haitink’s readings of the Ninth to be among the finest of all his Bruckner and this new disc is certainly among the best he has given us … Haitink’s most recent Bruckner Ninth is an exceptional achievement – even by his own standards – and this release is one that moved me greatly. It’s immensely rewarding.’ International Record Review (UK)

****½ ‘This is an utterly compelling performance of Bruckner's valedictory symphony, and though one envies the audience who were lucky enough to attend these concerts, for those who didn't this fine LSO Live release is the next best thing. Unreservedly recommended.’ Sa-cd.net (UK)

'So, what does the live LSO and and the fantastic Bernard Haitink bring to one of our favourite works? Lots. Lots of inner counterpoint not always heard, lovely solos, fantastic ensemble, appropriate brass tone and the voicing of the massive chords that only a lifetime of Bruckner dedication can bring ... Highly recommended.' Audiophilia (Canada)

'...  it is a recording that every admirer of Bruckner and world-class orchestral playing should hear.' Voix des Arts (US)

'The more I listen to this wonderful, spaciously recorded performance, the more I am getting from it.' Classical Source (UK)

**** ‘This experienced Brucknerian – after some half century of devotion to the composer – holds all in control, and brings a welcome lightness and gleam to the second movement Scherzo. The LSO plays with a transparency and poise that cuts through even the most climactic, brass-laden fortissimos.’ The Observer (UK)

**** ‘Haitink is a master of the design and the invention, and he and the LSO have a close rapport. Excellent recording, too.’ Classical Ear (UK)

'The conclusion of the first movement is as thrilling here as on any recording, the focused, penetrating sound of the timpani driving the music on. And in the Scherzo, Haitink demonstrates his rare ability to give the music drive and focus, but through accentuation rather than speed. The tempo here could seem perversely slow under other conductors, but Haitink is able to draw grandeur from this music, and without compromising the energy and feeling of momentum.' Classical-CD-Reviews.com (UK)

Artists

Bernard Haitink conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

SACD/digital LSO0746 (822231174622)

James Mallinson producer

Andrew Hallifax & Jonathan Stokes
 for Classic Sound Ltd, recording engineers

Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd, Editing, Mixing & Mastering

DSD recording, live at the Barbican, 17 & 21 February 2013
Stereo and multi-channel (5.0)

Total playing time 67M 10S
Notes in English, French and German.

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