Bruckner: Symphonie No. 9

 
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It's a Shame that Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini Turned to Bruckner Relatively Late in Life If this Stunning Performance of the Ninth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic is Indicative of his Affinity for the Composer. This is a Remarkably Noble, Spiritually Alluring Performance with Giulini Favoring Often Extremely Broad Tempos and a Wide Dynamic Range. Rarely Has the Finale of the First Movement Been So Stark and Devastating Or the Scherzo Rendered with Such Mesmerizing Clarity of Vision. Although this is a Live Recording, Deutsche Grammophon's Astonishing Audiophile Sound Fully Compliments this Outstanding Symphonic Triumph. Just Brilliant!

Customer Reviews:

  • Noble, spiirtual, one of the great recordings of the work
    When this recording first came out, it was highly regarded by many critics as the penultimate recording of this work. It still holds up both sonically and musicially. Giulini brings out the noblity and spirituality inherrit in Bruckner's music and often I am moved to tears at the sheer beauty of this interpretation. You cannot go wrong by buying this CD!!!!...more info
  • Amazing. Simply Amazing.
    When it somes to Bruckner I am quite dedicated to the great 20th Century German Brucknerian conductors - Abendroth, Bohm, Furtwangler, Jochum, Karajan, Schuricht & Wand. This recording, however, truly belongs with the greatest of all those mentioned. What a revelation. I realize the disc is a bit pricey, but please believe me, it is worth it. ...more info
  • This titanic performance teaches the power of patience.
    In the first movement, Guilini takes a tempo slow enough that my immediate reaction was "He'll never be able to keep this together." (I'm normally a brisk tempo person.) Man, was I wrong. The majesty and power generated by the dignity of the pacing will leave you overwhelmed by the impact of the movement's finale. The VPO is dead-on, too, and I challenge anyone to prove there was an audience present. In short, stunning....more info
  • Bruckner is God
    I'm not going to win any friends in the musically conservative crowd. But they're dying out, so it doesn't matter.

    Bruckner took Beethoven's stunning Ninth, added it to Wagner's megalomaniacal (and thus often Satanic) visions and came up with what being God must sound like. If you play this music while you read the opening chapters of Tolkien's Silmarillion you know Bruckner got the creation of the world right.

    Here's the opinion that's going to lose me friends in the classical music crowd: I think that if you lifted some of Bruckner's melodies and harmonies and put them into fuzzy electric guitar, and added John Bonham-style drumming, you would truly have heavy metal music that lasts. Especially if the song went on for twenty five intense minutes. It would bring new meaning to the term heaviosity....more info

  • An Unsurpassed Bruckner 9
    A relentless, gigantic performance totally befitting what may be the heaviest work, both sonically and spiritually, in the entire symphonic repertoire. It conveys all the toughness and monumentality of Karajan's 1976 BPO performance, but with more expansive outer movements and better sound (1989, recorded live). The impact is simply overwhelming. For an effective, more nimble alternative to this approach, try Skrowaczewski's performance on Reference Recordings RR-81....more info
  • One extraordinary performance!
    Carlo Maria Giulini is one of the most complex and wise minds of the orchestal direction. He always finds out interesting details in every work he conducts .
    In this case, the Bruckner's ninth is one the major achievements ever made .
    Bruckner composed this cosmic work ; loaded with captivating inspiration ; fascinating musicality and overwhelming universal rapture .
    Bruckner is not for all tastes ; you won't find a bit of self indulgence or old fashioned romanticism ; may be he represents with Bartok one the most original musicians in the widest sense of the word.
    This version is a winner and one of the most complete performances of the ninth in in any time!...more info
  • Materially colossal, technically stunning....
    For the avid Brucknerite, this is the ideal recording of the Ninth, to be enjoyed with the lights turned low and the stereo turned high. Right from the mysterious opening chords, we are plunged into an unforgiving world of surreality, which gives way to a titanic struggle between the forces of light and darkness, handled with the perfect orchestral balance and dripping pathos of Giulini.

    The "stabbing dissonances" of the scherzo snatch us in a terrifying whirlwind with the diabolical "perpetual motion" of the movement, especially given the deafening thunder and orchestral prowess exhibited by the VPO.

    The heart-rending Adagio groans and crawls along until the miraculous, practically-last minute tranformation brings us to a moment of repose "before the battle of the last movement that [Bruckner] did not have the strength to fight to a victorious conclusion."

    As E.M. Forster once penned, we see "Gusts of splendour, gods and demi-gods contending with vast swords, colour and fragrance broadcast in the field of battle, magnificent victory, magnificent death."

    In short, it is dazzling....more info

  • Symphony No.9
    A legendary recording taken live in 1989. Some things cannot be planned, they just happen by accident or by the grace of some god. If you love Bruckner, or music, or have a heart and a soul, it is incumbent upon you to listen to it.

    The 1 star is the 6th missing one. (You didn't really think I would give it 1 star, did you?)...more info

  • a magnificent performance
    This is probably the finest Bruckner 9 I know. A composer friend of mine says it's his favourite performance of anything by anyone! Giulini's deliberate tempi in the first movement give ample time to 'enjoy the scenery' as it were, but they also build incredible tensions, that quite literally explode in the coda. Giulini's vehemence in the second movement is amazing; the VPO trombones and timpani excel themselves. And the final movement is so much more effective and moving for not being over-played. In the last few bars Giulini creates a magical sense of the music finally leading out into the eternal and we feel as though that's where it was going all along. Truly a magnificent performance....more info
  • CANNOT BE EXPRESSED IN WORDS......THE GREATEST....!!!
    I am writing this review immediately after having listened to this immense work. I have realized much about this symphony after this hearing even though I have heard the symphony many times, and I will leave out many things that came to me while listening to this symphony but here goes. Bruckner's 9th is by far one of the most intense and personal symphonies ever written. It is his most advanced and modernistic work, however like all his other symphonies one can hear archaic and bygone sounds; for Bruckner and his music sometimes seem to be anachronistic. In his counterpoint the listener can hear pre-Romantic music and this is one of the reasons why I love his symphonies. The adagio of Mahler's 9th was clearly influenced by Bruckner's last adagio. Just compare the opening phrases and the last few bars of each adagio. Of all his symphonies Bruckner's 9th displays the man...the human being most clearly. It is a testament to the human condition, but particularly Bruckners'. The first movement contains much despair and anguish, and we must immediately recall that Bruckner was writing this symphony during the most troubling part of his life. His 8th had been rejected and his health was failing him- I encourage all who would listen to Bruckner's 9th to pick up some books and become familiar with his life. Death, doubt, despair permeate this work. The work embodies subjectivity. Then comes the scherzo. The originality of this movement is amazing and its content can be terrifying. I interpreted this movement as the "demons" or psychological plagues which Bruckner endured throughout his life and particularly during this time. The incessantly repetitive rhythms and notes portray this most vividly. Lastly we have the adagio and again comes the anguish, fear, and sadness. But then after the first few minutes we hear a most unexpected fortissimo major chord, which banishes all darkness-perhaps Bruckner's faith in God is displayed here. When I first heard this part I thought It might be the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. Finally we get the ever pressing feeling at the closing notes of the adagio that there is no resolution, only acceptance and perhaps some hope. Bear in mind Mahler's closing notes as they seem to indicate the same feeling.

    Bruckner left a some parts of the finale and its coda unfinished, therefore the finale can never be exactly what Bruckner would have written, despite noble attempts at a reconstruction. However I believe what music we do have(in the finale) should be used in recordings and concerts. For Bruckner would most likely never have approved of performances with just three movements. That being said this is still my favorite Bruckner 9th performance, until I hear one with the reconstructed finale and with the first 3 movements played with equal or surpassing beauty and power. There is so much that can be said about this symphony in fact I'd love to write a book on it. Bruckner's 8th and 9th are in my opinion the most profound, intense, and beautiful symphonies ever written. I have left out any mention of the objective values of this symphony since I am merely a layman, however I am sure they are many. Truly this symphony is Bruckner's soul bared before us, and like all great art it affects us so greatly because we can relate to it- and furthermore It speaks directly of the human condition.

    Now for a review of the album. When I first heard this version of the Ninth I immediately felt that it was the superlative reading. However I have not heard many other recordings. Guilini and his orchestra play absolutely magnificently. Again words do not describe the performance. I recommend this recording to anyone who wishes to experience Bruckner and great art. So stop reading and go listen, for music like this can truly only be heard and felt! 5 Stars in the sky do not equal the grandeur, breadth and power of Bruckner's 9th symphony....more info
  • BRUCKNER THE ANGEL
    ONE MUST BEAR IN MIND THAT ANTON BRUCKNER WAS AN OLD FASHIONED, DEVOUT ROMAN CATHOLIC, WHO NEVER REALLY SEARCHED FOR GOD, UNLIKE MAHLER, FOR INSTANCE. ANTON WAS HEAVEN INTOXICATED. DESPITE THE SOARING DRAMA AND MAJESTY OF HIS SYMPHONIES, BRUCKNER WAS NEVER AWARE OF HIMSELF--HE COULD NO SOONER STRIKE A POSE, THAN RESEMBLE THE BIBLICAL PUBLICAN CONTORTING HIS FACE, FOR ALL TO SEE, WHILE FASTING. PERHAPS GOD SENT AN ANGEL TO EARTH IN 1824, AND EVEN THOUGH THE CRITIC HANSLICK WOULD NOT HAVE AGREED, THIS WINGED MESSANGER COMPOSED NOT SO MUCH FOR HIS CONTEMPORARIES, BUT FOR THE AGES. I THINK GIULINI, NOW WITH BRUCKNER AND THE
    "OTHER" ANGELS, UNDERSTOOD. ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL RECORDINGS OF ANY BRUCKNER SYMPHONY. GOD BLESS YOU ANTON AND CARLO....more info
  • Giulini's shattering Bruckner 9
    I bought this disc during a trip in Innsbruck. First I was reluctant because of the high price. But the instinctive attraction toward Giulini's art had woned at last. I discover probably one of the greatest interpretation of the mighty Bruckner's symphony no.9 . In my opinion the only true rival of this version is the mystical Celibidache with Munich Philharhomic - 1995 on EMI. Listen to the huge crescendo built from second theme just before the serene finale of the Adagio. It is a moment of awesome true terror. Giulini reaches here a tension that's unrivalled on disc. It's truly shattering.This happens only when music is regarded as "wahrheit" and not just a simple sonorous pleasure.
    Five stars and my highest recommendations. ...more info

 

 
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