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Gewandhausorchester Leipzig|Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 / Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 / Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

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The approach of the Bruckner bicentennial in 2024 has brought a host of performances of his symphonies. No doubt more are on the way, but several that have already appeared have brought his music into sharper definition. Among them is the live cycle by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, under the energetic direction of Andris Nelsons, which concludes with the present release. This volume exemplifies several strong characteristics of the whole cycle. Like others in the cycle, it includes a pair of Wagner instrumental pieces (here at the beginning), the Prelude and the "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde; this device has worked well throughout and is especially effective here as the Wagner pieces are followed by Bruckner's Symphony No. 1 in C minor, emphasizing the role of Wagner in defining Bruckner's vast musical spaces. Nelsons has gotten wonderful string sound from the venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra, and both of the symphonies here provide impressive examples; try the first movement of the Symphony No. 1 for the strings' rather eerie perfection in the top register, and the slow movement of the Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, for sheer melodic lyricism. Perhaps beauty in the strings is built into the performances of this great orchestra, but not so the enthusiastic forward momentum of Nelsons' readings, which are of the sort that will attract non-Brucknerites. The performances here make a nice contrast with those of Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden or Vienna Philharmonic; Thielemann is the great technician, while Nelsons thinks in terms of long lines. Deutsche Grammophon captures the immediacy of the live performances in this superb release.

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 / Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

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Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90 (Richard Wagner)

1
Prelude to Act I
00:10:35

Richard Wagner, Composer, Author - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sebastian Nattkemper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Mild und leise wie er lächelt "Isoldes Liebestod"
00:06:57

Richard Wagner, Composer, Author - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sebastian Nattkemper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, WAB 101 (Vienna Version - 1890/91) (Anton Bruckner)

3
I. Allegro
00:14:04

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
II. Adagio
00:14:17

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
III. Scherzo. Lebhaft – Trio. Langsam
00:08:56

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
IV. Finale. Bewegt, feurig
00:17:47

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, WAB 105 (Anton Bruckner)

7
I. Introduction. Adagio - Allegro
00:20:45

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauran Jurrius, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
II. Adagio. Sehr langsam
00:18:41

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauran Jurrius, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace (schnell) - Trio. Im gleichen Tempo
00:13:01

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauran Jurrius, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
IV. Finale. Adagio - Allegro moderato
00:22:10

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauran Jurrius, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Toni Schlesinger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album review

The approach of the Bruckner bicentennial in 2024 has brought a host of performances of his symphonies. No doubt more are on the way, but several that have already appeared have brought his music into sharper definition. Among them is the live cycle by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, under the energetic direction of Andris Nelsons, which concludes with the present release. This volume exemplifies several strong characteristics of the whole cycle. Like others in the cycle, it includes a pair of Wagner instrumental pieces (here at the beginning), the Prelude and the "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde; this device has worked well throughout and is especially effective here as the Wagner pieces are followed by Bruckner's Symphony No. 1 in C minor, emphasizing the role of Wagner in defining Bruckner's vast musical spaces. Nelsons has gotten wonderful string sound from the venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra, and both of the symphonies here provide impressive examples; try the first movement of the Symphony No. 1 for the strings' rather eerie perfection in the top register, and the slow movement of the Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, for sheer melodic lyricism. Perhaps beauty in the strings is built into the performances of this great orchestra, but not so the enthusiastic forward momentum of Nelsons' readings, which are of the sort that will attract non-Brucknerites. The performances here make a nice contrast with those of Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden or Vienna Philharmonic; Thielemann is the great technician, while Nelsons thinks in terms of long lines. Deutsche Grammophon captures the immediacy of the live performances in this superb release.

© TiVo

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