Bruckner - Symphony no.6
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Label: BR Klassik
Cat No: 900190
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 5th February 2021
ArtistsSymphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
For a long time, Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony (along with his Second) was regarded as something of a ‘poor relation’ in his immense symphonic oeuvre, even though the composer himself had moodily referred to it as his “boldest”. In view of its performance figures and recordings over the decades, this has now changed significantly, and the work has earned itself a permanent place in the repertoire. The Sixth Symphony forms part of the creative process of the two preceding symphonies, the “Romantic” Fourth (1874/1880) and the Fifth (1875), and is now seen as an important preliminary stage in Bruckner’s last great upsurge that followed the composition of the Te Deum (the initial sketches of which date from 1881) and culminated in the sublime grandeur of his final symphonies, the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth.
Bruckner worked on his Sixth Symphony in A major (WAB 106) from 24 September 1879 to 3 September 1881. He was only able to hear the complete work at one orchestra rehearsal during his lifetime because only the two middle movements (Adagio and Scherzo) were publicly performed in the concert hall of the Vienna Musikverein on 11 February 1883. The first public performance of the symphony as a whole followed only on 26 February 1899 – two-and-a-half years after the composer’s death. It was conducted by Gustav Mahler, who had, however, made changes to the score, presenting it in a radically shortened version. Bruckner’s original version was heard for the first time in Stuttgart on 14 March 1901, and it would take until 9 October 1935 for the Sixth Symphony to be first performed as Bruckner’s original score prescribed.
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