Beethoven - Piano Concerto no.4; Bruckner - Symphony no.7 (Blu-ray) | Unitel Edition 802304

Beethoven - Piano Concerto no.4; Bruckner - Symphony no.7 (Blu-ray)

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Label: Unitel Edition

Cat No: 802304

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th August 2020

Contents

Artists

Emanuel Ax (piano)
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, op.58

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.7 in E major

Artists

Emanuel Ax (piano)
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

About

“No more Bruckner under Haitink, that’s a cut in the history of interpretation” (Wiener Zeitung). To end his active conducting career after 65 years, maestro Bernard Haitink together with the Wiener Philharmoniker gives a farewell concert at the Großes Festspielhaus at Salzburg Festival, leaving no doubt of being one of the best Bruckner interpreters ever. The Dutch conductor, who was appointed honorary member of the Wiener Philharmoniker shortly before the concert, is joined by star pianist Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.4: a musical interaction “of a depth of sentiment and an agreement in making music together that sounds wonderfully natural” (Salzburger Nachrichten). The concert ends with Bruckner’s monumental Symphony no.7 with its famous second movement, which marked the composer’s breakthrough and remains one of his most popular symphonies. The Wiener Philharmoniker play under Haitink’s masterful baton completely focused, but dynamic and with deepest sensation. The atmosphere of this last performance is without doubt exceptional and a visibly emotional Haitink was celebrated by the audience with long standing ovations.

“You shouldn’t throw terms like ‘magic moments’ around easily. But what could be heard in Salzburg was certainly one” – Klassikinfo.de

Recording date: Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, August 2019
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.0
Picture: NTSC, 16:9 // 1080i
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 116 mins

Reviews

There is no place in the Seventh for the flinty-eyed vision of the abyss that stamped Haitink’s approach to the unfinished Ninth with an increasingly memento mori bleakness. Wholeness in the here and now is instead established from the outset with the patient but subtly inflected first theme’s unfolding by the Viennese cellos.  Peter Quantrill
Gramophone October 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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