Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 2 (1877 Version, Ed Carragan)

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 2 (1877 Version, Ed Carragan)

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Bruckner

Symphony No 2 (1877 version, ed Carragan)

Suisse Romande Orchestra / Marek Janowski

Pentatone (F) *** PTC5186 448 (55' * DDD/DSD)

Penultimate disc in Janowski's SRO Bruckner symphony cycle

Marek Janowski's choice of the 'final' 1877 edition--in a version by William Carragan which goes further than Leopold Nowak did in removing the palimpsest of earlier material created by Robert Haas that was known and loved by earlier listeners--might at first appear to account for the abrupt jump-cuts of the finale; but so violent is the current action on the battleground of Brucknerian interpretation that we already have two hugely contrasting views of this finale, from Barenboim and Venzago, by the side of which Janowski sounds matter-of-fact. One need not pine for Barenboim's old-school romanticism or Venzago's neurasthenic unpredictability to wonder what happened to those pauses in the first movement that used to give the symphony its trivial little nickname but also worked with the fanfare theme to create resdess tension over longer spans such as had barely been conceived in symphonic music until that point. …

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