Notes & Reviews:
The celebrated Bruckner cycle by the Hamburg Philharmonic under Simone Young will see its completion during the 2014 - 15 season. On 30 August 2014, this mature, practiced Brucknerian orchestra recorded Bruckner's radiant Seventh Symphony in the Laeiszhalle, heard live on this CD. With the beauty of its themes and its moving homage to Bruckner's great, intimidating model, Wagner, this Symphony, ranking among the composer's finest orchestral statements, offers a particularly impressive listening experience.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Young has directed the Hamburg Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic since 2005, where she has conducted a wide range of repertory. I have come to know her through her fine Brahms and Bruckner (and she is reputed to be a fine Wagnerian), so perhaps late romantic German music is her strongest suit. In any case this Bruckner Seventh is a wonderful recording, worthy to stand with the best. It is rather slow, enriched with lots of careful dynamics and generous phrasing. The playing, is really gorgeous, and I was enthralled, episodic or not.
The concluding movements show the same attention to phrase and dynamics. The wonderful Adagio (with cymbal) is beautifully gauged; and, again, the orchestra sounds fabulous. In short this is terrific Bruckner: weighty, expressive, richly detailed and unrushed. There are no doubt other recordings as distinguished as this.
Recording information: Laeiszhalle Hamburg (08/29/2014-08/30/2014).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
- Conductor: Simone Young
- Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
- Notes: Laeiszhalle Hamburg (08/29/2014-08/30/2014)
- Running Time: 65 min. 49 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1881-1883