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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 8 / Wagner: Meistersinger Prelude

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

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The penultimate edition of the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner conducted by Andris Nelsons at the head of the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra continues. This publication is dedicated to Symphonies n° 2 and N° 8, and a work by Wagner, a true "God" and role model to the Austrian composer.

Following a surprisingly soft and amorphous Prelude from the Meistersinger von Nürnberg (as if the Latvian conductor wanted to erase the nationalistic and historical connotations by showing that the Leipzig of today is not the Nuremberg of the 1940s), Symphony No. 2 (here in its 1877 version) emerges in a mystical aura. Together with its sister pieces, the First and Sixth, it is part of a trio of lesser-known and rarely-performed works by the composer. However, it was his first major achievement, whose exemplary unity would not be seen again until the Fourth, a few years later. The clarity of its construction and its communicative warmth, however, make it an excellent introduction to the particular and fascinating world of Bruckner.

The performance of the Eighth is the culmination of six years of hard work, strewn with doubts and discouragement. Bruckner's most extensive symphony is also arguably the zenith of his genius. Andris Nelsons chose the 1890 version edited by Leopold Nowak, which was a considerably shortened form of the original. The question of choosing a version remains a stumbling block for conductors and musicologists today, as Bruckner constantly, and often reluctantly, modified his scores under pressure from his friends and publishers. Hailed a triumph at its premiere, this "Apocalyptic" symphony (according to musicologist Harry Halbreich) touches on the metaphysical, particularly in the twenty-seven minutes of its fabulous Adagio that seems to transport us up into the cosmos, in search of the origins of the world. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96 (Richard Wagner)

1
Prelude
00:10:35

Richard Wagner, ComposerLyricist - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Karel Bruggeman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 - 2nd Version 1877, Ed. William Carragan (Anton Bruckner)

2
I. Moderato
00:18:25

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - William Carragan, Contributor, Work Editor - Karel Bruggeman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
II. Andante. Feierlich, etwas bewegt
00:16:57

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - William Carragan, Contributor, Work Editor - Karel Bruggeman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
III. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell - Trio. Gleiches Tempo
00:06:32

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - William Carragan, Contributor, Work Editor - Karel Bruggeman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
IV. Finale. Mehr schnell
00:16:14

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - William Carragan, Contributor, Work Editor - Karel Bruggeman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 - Version 1890, Ed. Leopold Nowak (Anton Bruckner)

6
I. Allegro moderato
00:16:29

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Lauran Jurrius, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leopold Nowak, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
II. Scherzo. Allegro moderato - Trio. Langsam
00:14:46

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Lauran Jurrius, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leopold Nowak, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
III. Adagio. Feierlich langsam; doch nicht schleppend
00:27:37

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Lauran Jurrius, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leopold Nowak, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
IV. Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell
00:23:03

Anton BRUCKNER, Composer - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Everett Porter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andris Nelsons, Conductor, MainArtist - Lauran Jurrius, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leopold Nowak, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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The penultimate edition of the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner conducted by Andris Nelsons at the head of the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra continues. This publication is dedicated to Symphonies n° 2 and N° 8, and a work by Wagner, a true "God" and role model to the Austrian composer.

Following a surprisingly soft and amorphous Prelude from the Meistersinger von Nürnberg (as if the Latvian conductor wanted to erase the nationalistic and historical connotations by showing that the Leipzig of today is not the Nuremberg of the 1940s), Symphony No. 2 (here in its 1877 version) emerges in a mystical aura. Together with its sister pieces, the First and Sixth, it is part of a trio of lesser-known and rarely-performed works by the composer. However, it was his first major achievement, whose exemplary unity would not be seen again until the Fourth, a few years later. The clarity of its construction and its communicative warmth, however, make it an excellent introduction to the particular and fascinating world of Bruckner.

The performance of the Eighth is the culmination of six years of hard work, strewn with doubts and discouragement. Bruckner's most extensive symphony is also arguably the zenith of his genius. Andris Nelsons chose the 1890 version edited by Leopold Nowak, which was a considerably shortened form of the original. The question of choosing a version remains a stumbling block for conductors and musicologists today, as Bruckner constantly, and often reluctantly, modified his scores under pressure from his friends and publishers. Hailed a triumph at its premiere, this "Apocalyptic" symphony (according to musicologist Harry Halbreich) touches on the metaphysical, particularly in the twenty-seven minutes of its fabulous Adagio that seems to transport us up into the cosmos, in search of the origins of the world. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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