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Bruckner: Symphony No O

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No O

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Symphony No O

Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Simone Young

Oehms (F) *** OC685 (50' * DDD)

Recorded live at the Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, May 20-21, 2012

Young's Hamburg Bruckner cycle takes in the D minor

Don't be deceived the number: Bruckner completed his so-called 'Nullte' in 1869, one year after the First Symphony, but quickly consigned the manuscript to the bottom drawer, scribbling on it the words 'Nur ein Versuch' ('Merely an attempt'). Despite its foibles, the D minor Symphony is both an immensely endearing statement and a key work in his output, presaging as it does many a stylistic trait and symphonic procedure in the masterworks to come.

This is the sixth instalment in Simone Young's Bruckner odyssey for Oehms Classics and she presides over a conscientious, deeply considered reading, beautifully played by her Hamburg orchestra (whose woodwind, sadly, tend to get somewhat obscured in any bigger tuttis). Is it all, perhaps, a tad low in voltage and lacking something in canny profile? By chance, I'd just caught up with another live 'No O', namely Lorin Maazel's Bavarian RSO version (BR-Klassik, 2/11), the opening salvo in that partnership's absorbing cycle which took place in Munich between January and March 1999. …

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