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Bruckner: Symphony No 3(1888/89 Version)

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 3(1888/89 Version)

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Bruckner

Symphony No 3 (1888/89 version) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Stanistaw Skrowaczewski LPO (M) LP00084 (57' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, March 14,2014

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To recap: in Gramophone's March 2015 issue, I nominated Bruckner's Third Symphony as his most problematic score and suggested that Yannick Nezet-Seguin's new performance with the Orchestre Metropolitan! (ATMA Classique) had made unnecessarily heavy weather of it.

And then Stanisfaw Skrowaczewski and the London Philharmonic come along and it's like problems, what problems? Recorded live at the South Bank in 2014, this disc follows Skrowaczewski's fine LPO performance of Bruckner's Seventh (10/13); both symphonies are, of course, incorporated into his complete cycle with the Saarbriicken Radio Symphony Orchestra (Oehms). The LPO, though, bring a warmth and holistic purity beyond the capabilities of their sourer German colleagues.

Skrowaczewski opts for Bruckner's final 1888/89 version. Aged 90, perhaps he baulked at the thought of needing to stand through the lengthy original 1873 score, the version that gives Nezet-Seguin so much grief. But I reckon this structurally curt view of Bruckner's material serves Skrowaczewski's natural inclinations and conductorly instincts rather well. …

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