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Bruckner: Symphony no 1 (1865/66) / Simone Young

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With vol. 5, the Hamburg Philharmonic has concluded its recording of the group of Bruckner symphonies that have been passed down to us in several versions. The Hamburg Bruckner series, recorded live at the Laeiszhalle, has developed into one of the most important cycles and the strength of its interpretive independence is growing through the ongoing collaboration between the orchestra and its composer.

Audiophile Audition
the delineation of the lines and the concrete and well-balanced orchestral body, coupled with Young's evident love of the music as demonstrated by the vigorous and lively tonal qualities more than make up for any lack of presence in one section.

La Scena Musicale
I was gripped by the energy and conviction of Simone Young's First Symphony with the Hamburg Philharmonic. The musicians give it all they've got, a little thin at the top of the strings but deeply satisfying in the adagio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Laeiszhalle Hamburg (01/2010).


Bruckner Symphony No. 1 Linz 1866
With Bruckner's First Symphony, as with most, if not all, of Bruckner's symphonies, there is a confusing situation about which version is "the best." There are several recordings of each: the original 1865-1866 unrevised Linz version prepared by Professor Carragan, the 1877 Linz version edited by Leopold Nowak, the 1877 Linz version edited by Robert Haas, and the Vienna version of 1890-1891, which Bruckner himself prepared. On this new CD from Oehms Classics, Simone young conducts the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1865-1866 Linz version, identified (on this CD) as the "first version." Since the program notes fail to state definitively whether this performance is completely unaltered or has been edited by Carragan, Haas, or Nowak, it is probably exactly as Bruckner wrote it, but a sentence to confirm this would have helped. If, indeed, it is Bruckner's original, then this appears to be the only CD that offers this version. As to which you should choose, therefore, clearly I cannot advise you, for it will depend upon whether you prefer original versions, revised versions, or one specific orchestra or conductor.
The Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra gives a spirited performance under Simone Young's expert conducting. The tempo in the finale, marked "bewegt, feurig" (moving, fiery), is especially noteworthy, for the timing is 14:16, which is shorter than most versions. Moving and fiery it is indeed, and very exciting.
This new CD offers excellent sound, with minimal audience noise (this is a live recording).
Ted Wilks

Submitted on 02/11/12 by Ted Wilks 
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>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101
  • Conductor: Simone Young
  • Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1866.
  • Running Time: 48 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1866
  • Studio/Live: Live