Notes & Reviews:
It took Bruckner until Christmas 1893 to finally complete the first movement of the Symphony No. 9 - six years after penning the first sketches and ideas. No other composition ever demanded his attention and powers of creation for such a lengthy period of time. Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 is a preview of what would have been - not only had he completed the Finale, but also had he composed a tenth symphony. Bruckner had never written so modern a work as his Symphony No. 9, no other composition of his plunges harmonically so deep into the 20th century. Bruckner had never been so innovative as in the beginning of the first movement, the resolution of which surpasses even his own symphonic model.
The fact that it stands up well is attributable to the quality of the playing as much as to Janowski's interpretation, which is responsive to the symphony's long drawn-out paragraphs as well as the need for weight in the climaxes. It is a performance that breathes in terms of movement and in the airiness of its sound. Pentatone's recording aims for clarity, and brings out much detail that gets lost in Brucknerian mud.
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
- Conductor: Marek Janowski
- Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1887-96.
- Running Time: 61 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1887-1896