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Bruckner: Symphony No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 1

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Bruckner [G]

Symphony No 1 (1866 Linz edition, ed Nowak)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra /Jaap van Zweden

Challenge Classics (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] A. CC72556 (51' * DDD/DSD)

This release sees the completion of Jaap van Zweden's cycle of the numbered Bruckner symphonies, a project nine years in the making and split across two record labels. (The earliest symphonies to be recorded, Nos 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9, were released on the Japanese Exton label.) This excellent performance of the First Symphony is a more than fitting conclusion to a series that has grown in stature with each new recording.

Like most conductors, van Zweden has opted to record the symphony in the so-called 'Linz' edition of 1866 rather than the 'Vienna' edition of 1891, and the CD is labelled accordingly. The Linz edition as published in fact contains revisions to the score made by Bruckner in Vienna in 1877 and 1884, a point of detail worth mentioning now that the original 1866 version is available on disc and is increasingly being performed in concert. The booklet-note includes a helpful description of the symphony's extended evolution.

Van Zweden's interpretation is second to none in offering freshness and vibrancy while remaining faithful to Bruckner's markings. …

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