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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8 / Bavarian State Orchestra, Kent Nagano

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Kent Nagano leads the Bavarian State Orchestra in the original 1887 version of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. This version, which is extremely technically demanding and very difficult to play as an ensemble, differs strikingly from the twenty-minute-shorter second version that is usually performed, being much more abrupt in its musical expression, and with a completely different overall import that is far ahead of its time.

Kent Nagano and the Bavarian State Orchestra, 2006-2013 The Bavarian State Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, with a long and rich tradition. Its origins can be traced back to 1523. The orchestra began playing opera as early as 1653. In 1811, the Musical Academy was founded, the oldest series of symphonic concerts in Munich. The symphonic sound of the Bavarian State Orchestra has been molded by this long history and the kind of emotional playing demanded of an opera orchestra. Its uniquely warm and expressive musical style reflects the centuries spent playing the operatic works of Mozart, Wagner, Strauss and many other composers. The orchestra's conductors have always recognized these special qualities. When Kent Nagano took up the position of Bavarian General Music Director in 2006, one of his main goals was to continue this tradition, while at the same time developing it into the future. During their years as a team, the Bavarian State Orchestra and Kent Nagano have achieved a perfect synthesis. The emotional intensity and characteristic warm sound of the orchestra have combined with the detailed analytical work and structural clarity provided by its chief conductor to create a unique fusion. This combination is ideally suited to Bruckner's music. His works demand long lines and a dark, dense tone color from the orchestra - a sound that the State Orchestra has always possessed, owing in particular to its long involvement with the music of Wagner. At the same time, Kent Nagano brings out the architecture of Bruckner's monumental pieces with skill and intelligence. And the choice of the rarely played and extremely difficult first versions of the 4th and 8th symphonies sets this publication well apart from the crowd of Bruckner recordings. The recordings collected here are an eloquent testament to seven years of collaboration and their artistic fruits.



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>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Bavarian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874-88.
  • Running Time: 75 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874-1888

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Running Time: 64 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1881-1883

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884-90.
  • Running Time: 98 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1890