Notes & Reviews:
Conductor Simone Young and the Hamburg Philharmonic's concluding volume in their grand survey of the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner in their respective original versions (an all-important point to raise when engaging the works of this master symphonist) presents a live recording of the Symphony No. 5 (1875), a sprawling work that forms something like an axis of his complete oeuvre and also make greater demands on interpreters in its assimilation and realization than is the case in the symphonies immediately preceding and succeeding it. Ms. Young is presently concluding her successful decade-long tenure as Artistic Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic. Among her triumphs one can cite include her own Ring cycle that she conducted with great success at the Hamburg State Opera, in addition to her lauded and now completed Bruckner cycle, a Brahms symphony cycle and other distinguished work available on the Oehms Classics label.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
[This performance] shares many of the qualities of earlier releases in the series, notably the committed playing of the Hamburg orchestra as well as Young's confident navigation of Bruckner's symphonic architecture. Tempi are well judged throughout, the Scherzo in particular enjoying an easy forward momentum without the stridency that affects some performances.
BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
Probably the finest [new performance] I've heard for a long time... Young manages the rare feat of honouring all Bruckner's changes of gear and tempo while keeping a powerful forward flow... no doubt I shall listen to other accounts which are as fine, but for the moment I find that hard to believe.
Recording information: Laeiszhalle Hamburg (03/01/2015-03/02/2015).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
- Conductor: Simone Young
- Ensemble: Philharmoniker Hamburg
- Notes: Laeiszhalle Hamburg (03/01/2015-03/02/2015)
- Running Time: 72 min. 40 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1875-1894
- Studio/Live: Live