Bruckner - Symphonies nos. 1-9
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Label: Challenge Classics
Cat No: CC72702
Number of Discs: 11
Release Date: 14th October 2016
ArtistsNetherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorJaap van Zweden
This 11-disc set is one of Challenge Classics greatest achievements to date. The quality of the performances - by both conductor and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra - and of the SACD recordings (2006-2013) make this Brucknerian survey a primary reference for anyone interested in the repertoire.
Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012. In January 2016 van Zweden was announced as the next Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he takes up at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. The Amsterdam-born van Zweden was appointed at 19 as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career 20 years later in 1995. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In November 2011, van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year.
“This is a deeply impressive Bruckner Fourth. It is one of those performances in which the reading and its realisation are of a piece: a finely considered concept that elicits orchestral playing which is at one with the music itself.” - Gramophone (Symphony No.4)
“Jaap van Zweden is now the leading interpreter of Bruckner's Symphonies, and has trained his orchestra to perform them brilliantly. This is a leading recommendation.” - BBC Music Magazine (Symphony No.3)
“It is difficult to think of a finer version of the First Symphony in the catalogue...” - Gramophone (Symphony No.1)
“The recording quality of this issue is quite magnificent. This performance will be presented in an intelligent, sympathetic and profoundly musical manner. This is a very important recording from an increasingly important conductor, fully deserving of the accolade 'Outstanding'.” - International Record Review (Symphony No.8)
“Jaap van Zweden sits right inside the DNA of this extraordinary music. The opening movement’s patchwork construction is kept gloriously buoyant and throughout the work Bruckner’s abrupt turnarounds of harmonic direction are laid bare. Exciting in-your-face music-making.” - Classic FM (Symphony No.7)
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