Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No OO, 'Study Symphony'

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No OO, 'Study Symphony'

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Bruckner

Symphony No OO, 'Study Symphony' Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Simone Young Oehms [F][SACD] OC686 (42' * DDD/DSD)

New performances of Anton Bruckner's 'Study Symphony' in F minor hardly grow on trees but this latest instalment of Simone Young's Bruckner cycle has the sturdiness of an old oak: roots deep in the earth, branches of wisdom.

This is the symphony that Bruckner completed in 1863, when he was studying with Otto Kitzler, that often trades under the name 'Symphony No 00'. The first movement pitches up somewhere between Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and throughout the symphony hints of the mature Bruckner lurk around corners and hide in the harmonic shadows. The Andante molto slow movement is serene and ambling, and the Scherzo is slightly oddball; and, in the best Bruckner tradition, the finale doesn't quite hold together although Simone Young papers over the structural cracks and longueurs enough to fake a satisfying end point.

But the opening Allegro molto vivace is by far the most intriguing movement and Young resists the temptation--which the likes of Georg Tintner and Eliahu Inbal couldn't resist--of imbuing this student music with familiar Brucknerian weight. …

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