Bruckner: Complete Symphonies

Bruckner: Complete Symphonies
Composer Anton Bruckner
Artist Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin
Heinz Rogner conductor
Franz Konwitschny conductor
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Vaclav Neumann conductor
Kurt Sanderling conductor
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 94686
EAN code 5028421946863
Release February 2014

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Heinz Rögner was one among many fine conductors working extensively in the former East Germany whose recorded work flew beneath the radar of Anglophone listeners, whether through lack of exposure to their work in the concert hall, lack of international PR, or plain snobbery and political prejudice. But if the name suggests stolid pig farmer more than commanding maestro, the interpretations, of Bruckner in particular, revealed a subtle and dynamic musician schooled in the old ways of rigour but not bound to their traditions. Born in Leipzig in 1929, he took over the city’s ‘second’ orchestra at the age of 29, and then in 1973 began a 20-year stint at the head of a similarly overshadowed body, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (formerly the RIAS Symphonieorchester Berlin, now DSO Berlin).

These recordings of Bruckner’s mature symphonies, never before collected in a single set, are marked by their comparative swiftness and clarity of texture at a time, in the postwar era, when Bruckner was a byword for expansive, hymn-like solidity: these are not the ‘cathedrals in sound’ of yore but more secularly conceived solutions to the ‘problem’ of the symphony with which Bruckner wrestled all his professional life. Here they are complemented, to form a complete set of the numbered symphonies, by recordings similar in spirit led by three other conductors whose work in the Eastern bloc was remarkable for its consistency and impassioned precision, the Czech Václav Neumann, the Russian Kurt Sanderling and the Moravian-born Franz Konwitschny.

Other information:
- A complete set of Bruckner symphonies from post war East Germany: a celebration of a unique orchestral sound culture and insightful and surprisingly “modern” interpretations.
The majority of the symphonies (nos 4-9) are conducted by Heinz Rögner. His recordings (a “Geheimtipp” among Bruckner devotees) show lively tempi, great clarity, and a natural flow of the music’s expansive structures. He conducts the magnificent Radio Symphonieorchester Berlin.
- The other symphonies are conducted by celebrities Vaclav Neumann (No. 1), Franz Konwitschny (no. 2) and Kurt Sanderling (no 3).
- A fascinating set, and a must-have for Bruckner fans.
- Programme notes on each symphony within the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: I. Allegro (Linz version, ed. Haas)
  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: II. Adagio (Linz version, ed. Haas)
  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: III. Scherzo. Schnell (Linz version, ed. Haas)
  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: IV. Finale. Bewegt, feurig (Linz version, ed. Haas)

Disk 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor: I. Moderato (1877 version, ed. Haas)
  2. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor: II. Andante. Feierlich, etwas bewegt (1877 version, ed. Haas)
  3. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor: III. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell (1877 version, ed. Haas)
  4. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor: IV. Finale. Mehr schnell (1877 version, ed. Haas)

Disk 3

  1. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: I. Mäßig bewegt (1890 version, ed. Raettig)
  2. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: II. Adagio, etwas bewegt, quasi andante (1890 version, ed. Raettig)
  3. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: III. Scherzo. Ziemlich schnell (1890 version, ed. Raettig)
  4. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: IV. Finale. Allegro (1890 version, ed. Raettig)

Disk 4

  1. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major “Romantic”: I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell (1886 version, ed. Nowak)
  2. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major “Romantic”: II. Andante quasi allegretto (1886 version, ed. Nowak)
  3. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major “Romantic”: III. Scherzo. Bewegt – Trio. Nicht zu schnell (1886 version, ed. Nowak)
  4. Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major “Romantic”: IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (1886 version, ed. Nowak)

Disk 5

  1. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major: I. Introduktion. Adagio – Allegro (ed. Nowak)
  2. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major: II. Adagio. Sehr langsam (ed. Nowak)
  3. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major: III. Scherzo. Molto vivace, schnell – Trio. Im gleichen Tempo (ed. Nowak)
  4. Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major: IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro moderato (ed. Nowak)

Disk 6

  1. Symphony No. 6 in A Major: I. Majestoso (ed. Nowak)
  2. Symphony No. 6 in A Major: II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich (ed. Nowak)
  3. Symphony No. 6 in A Major: III. Scherzo. Nicht schnell – Trio. Langsam (ed. Nowak)
  4. Symphony No. 6 in A Major: IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (ed. Nowak)

Disk 7

  1. Symphony No. 7 in E Major: I. Allegro moderato (ed. Haas)
  2. Symphony No. 7 in E Major: II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam (ed. Haas)
  3. Symphony No. 7 in E Major: III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell – Trio. Etwas langsamer (ed. Haas)
  4. Symphony No. 7 in E Major: IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (ed. Haas)

Disk 8

  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor: I. Allegro moderato (1877, 90 version, ed. Haas)
  2. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor: II. Scherzo. Allegro moderato (1877, 90 version, ed. Haas)
  3. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor: III. Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend (1877, 90 version, ed. Haas)
  4. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor: IV. Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell (1877, 90 version, ed. Haas)

Disk 9

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor: I. Feierlich, misterioso (ed. Nowak)
  2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor: II. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft – Trio. Schnell (ed. Nowak)
  3. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor: III. Adagio. Langsam, feierlich (ed. Nowak)