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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 / Philharmonia Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded in 2014 at the beginning of a series marking his 85th birthday season, Christoph von Dohnányi leads the distinguished Philharmonia Orchestra in a live performance of Anton Bruckner's monumental Ninth Symphony, which stands alongside the other epoch-defining Ninth symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler. Mr. von Dohnányi was the sixth music director of the Cleveland Orchestra for close to two decades; since 2002 he has been an honored, regular guest conductor with many of America's leading symphony orchestras, including those of New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Boston.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
[Christoph von Dohnnyi] secures playing of exceptional transparency and expressiveness from [the Philharmonia]. Dynamics and balance are perfectly judged throughout, allowing details of the score to be heard that are often masked in other performances... [this] new recording is distinguished by the clarity with which it presents Bruckner's score as well as the excellence of its sound.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
Dohnnyi realises all aspects of this extraordinary work, both its gaunt grandeur... and its warmth and fragility... the sublime third movement has everything, including that terrifying last climax, which builds to so brutal a dissonance that no other composer has matched it since. The uneasy dying away after the awe-struck silence is perfectly managed... [the performance] is one of the most powerful that the whole literature of music can provide.

MusicWeb International, September 2015
Dohnnyi's is a considerable performance in its own right. The Philharmonia plays very well for a conductor who they clearly and rightly esteem.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grosses Festspielhaus (08/07/2014).


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>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-96.
  • Running Time: 60 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887-1896
  • Studio/Live: Live