Notes & Reviews:
Bruckner called the Symphony No.3 his 'Wagner Symphony' and it contains many quotations from the Wagner operas including the famous cascading strings from the Tannhäuser Overture. Of all the symphonies, No.3 is the most fraught with editorial problems. At least eight versions are known to exist: the original version of 1873 (not published until 1977); the first revision (1874, also unpublished); a 'rhythmic revision' (1876); a third revision, published in 1878 as the first edition (used for the premiere); a 'Fritz Oeser' edition of 1877; and two other versions from 1889, one edited by Nowak. This recording with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra led by Osmo Vänskä features of the 1877 third (first published) version, with the inclusion of an 1876 version of its Adagio containing much new material, which was discovered pasted over in the orchestral parts used in the first performance.
This is one of the best Bruckner-symphony recordings I have ever heard... a searing, electrically charged performance. Quite simply, it is stunning … one of the most exciting Bruckner performances on disc—and certainly the best Third I have ever heard. This is one that you simply have to have. Recommended with all the breath in my lungs … it has been a pleasure to review, and now to recommend.
Vänskä conducts Bruckner with power and understanding and draws rich and finely nuanced playing.
Recording information: St Mary's Church, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland (06/08/2000-06/10/2000).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103
- Conductor: Osmo Vanska
- Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: St Mary's Church, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland (06/08/2000-06/10/2000)
- Running Time: 62 min. 33 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1872-1889