Bruckner - Symphony no.3
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Label: Munchner Philharmoniker
Cat No: 9305211251
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Having started this past September 2017 in the Monastery of St. Florian, a fascinating setting with unique historical significance in this context, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev present the most spectacular and ambitious cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. All performances take place in the Monastery of St. Florian in Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle will continue in September 2018 and will be completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.
The second release in this series is Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony, recorded in September 2017. When looking at the original score, a single strip of blue paper features the handwriting of both Anton Bruckner and Richard Wagner. At the top, in Bruckner’s somewhat ungainly scrawl, are the words “Symphony in D minor, where the trumpet launches the main theme. A. Bruckner”, while benath it, in Wagner’s elegantly sweeping script, we read: “Yes! Yes! Cordial greetings! Richard Wagner!” This remarkable double autograph documents the successful conclusion of Bruckner’s attempfs to persuade Wagner to accept the dedication of one of his symphonies, which turned the Third into Bruckner’s “Wagner Symphony”.
Valery Gergiev has paid the Austro-German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Anton Bruckner. Over recent decades he has continued to explore the Austro-German repertoire, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.
This third season with Maestro Gergiev as principal conductor has continued a stimulating artistic relationship with the orchestra. This success is repeatedly confirmed and reinforced by the audience, international and German press.
“The Munich Philharmonic are incredible, talented players. They combine this technical ability with a deep group experience in the music of Bruckner. I treasure and am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these musicians and want people around the world to hear the music we make together.” – Valery Gergiev
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