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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 / London SO, Haitink

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bernard Haitink is internationally renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner and is widely recognized as the world's leading Bruckner conductor. Bruckner's symphonies are often described as 'Gothic cathedrals in sound,' an apt description considering the composer's devout faith and early vocation as an organist. He died before he could finish his Symphony No.9 but within its three movements can be found some of his most complete music, imbued with a sense of deep solace and resolution.

Sunday Times, 19th January 2014
Haitink, as ever, maintains a magisterial grasp on the architectural span of Bruckner's final "cathedral in sound". In his 85th year, he is the doyen of the world's great Brucknerians. His latest interpretation of the Ninth is not to be missed.

The Observer, 23rd February 2014
[Haitink] holds all in control...The LSO plays with a transparency and poise that cuts through even the most climactic, brass-laden fortissimos. Committed Bruckner lovers will want this in their collection. More tentative fans will be rewarded by the clarity and tautness of this live recording.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
This performance from last year with the London Symphony Orchestra on stupendous form seems to mark a pitch of understanding and communication which it wouldn't be possible to surpass. There are several performances of this work that I take as doing it justice, and this ranks among them.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Haitink takes the sound and shapes it into his own. The strings are fuller in sound and velvety in texture. The brass is still imposing. The woodwinds and percussion are as fine as before. The first movement is spacious. As in all of the best performances, the end of the movement is numinous. The sound that Haitink gets from the LSO can stand with Vienna, Berlin, or Munich. He paces the very end of the movement in an interesting way.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
Where other interpreters soften Bruckner's vision, Haitink is uncompromisingly architectural, no texture self-consicouly beautified, no transition rendered falsely emotive, little reassurance offered except in passing...the LSO play quite superbly for Haitink...You won't quickly forget those stern, unyielding climaxes.

MusicWeb International, 4th December 2014
The orchestra are in rapt, highly communicative mode and Haitink builds those Brucknerian layers as only a master can...his steady, forensic approach offers much in terms of grip, detail and architectural strength...A magnificent performance; up there with the very best.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (02/17/2014/02/21/2014).


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>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (02/17/2014/02/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 66 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887-1896
  • Studio/Live: Live