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Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (1894 Original Version)

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (1894 Original Version)

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Bruckner

Symphony No 9 (1894 original version)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti

CSO Resound (F) C50R9011716 (62' * DDD)

Recorded live at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, June 2016

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a long tradition of performing Bruckner's music, the Fourth Symphony having featured in concert as early as 1897 under the orchestra's founder, Theodore Thomas, with performances across the decades under the likes of Stock, Kubelik and Reiner, as well as complete recorded cycles with Barenboim and Sold. By contrast, Riccardo Muti, the orchestra's current music director, does not have an extensive track record with Bruckner's music, his recordings of the Fourth and Sixth Symphonies for Warner both dating back to the 1980s. More recently, however, Muti has included Bruckner in his programming in Chicago, and this recording of the Ninth Symphony derives from concerts in June 2016.

While it's not unknown for conductors to develop an affinity with Bruckner's music with age (one thinks of Bruno Walter in particular), I don't feel Muti's new recording offers any special insight in this music given the extent of the available competion. …

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