Bruckner - Symphony no.2 (1872 version) | Oehms OC447

Bruckner - Symphony no.2 (1872 version)


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Label: Oehms

Cat No: OC447

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th January 2017



Mozarteumorchester Salzburg


Ivor Bolton


Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.2 in C minor


Mozarteumorchester Salzburg


Ivor Bolton


There are at least four versions of Anton Bruckner's Second Symphony; the last one was written in 1892. Frequently, however as on this CD recording the original version is preferred; as usual with Bruckner, this version of 1872 is bolder and longer.

Already very early on, the composer changed the order of movements in this work, which was felt by many to be a response to the dramaturgy of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

The Scherzo, as the second movement, has changed places with the ensuing Adagio. In the later version, he also almost completely eliminated the most striking characteristic of this creation, probably due to the urging of his friends and supporters, especially Johann Herbeck: eight of the nine famous tutti rests in the first movement disappear completely.

Another special characteristic of the original version is the solo horn passage in the Adagio, written in an extremely difficult register for the instruments of that time but also of moving beauty.

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