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Symphony No. 8
Anton Bruckner

Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 8

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917254921
Catnr: CC 72549
Release date: 03 August 2012
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Challenge Classics
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0608917254921
Catalogue number
CC 72549
Release date
03 August 2012

"I will ever leave New York because I want to."

Het Parool, 16-5-2017
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About the album

Jaap van Zweden is currently releasing the cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for Octavia and Challenge Records International, with symphonies 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 already released to great critical acclaim. This is the 8th Symphony!

"Van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic gave Bruckner’s opening movement an aura of mystery, as the two main themes declared themselves before modulating to remote realms. Tightly constructed in a classical manner, the movement gradually moved from darkness to light, while the Scherzo which followed wove a thickening web. If the Adagio attained a beyond-the-grave monumentality through its intricate string textures and chorale-like sub-theme, the oft-repeated descending scale in the finale became a kaleidoscope of textures and colours. Bruckner’s brass is just as busy as Mahler’s, but its moments of cloying Mahlerian fruitiness are short-lived: in Bruckner’s rinsed-clean sound-world, craftsmanship overrides sensuality, as this excellent band showed." - 5 stars, Michael Church, The Independent

De 8e Symfonie van Bruckner uitgevoerd onder leiding van een topdirigent
Nadat Jaap van Zweden al op prachtige wijze de 2e, 4e, 5e, 7e en 9e symfonieën van Bruckner heeft uitgebracht met het Nederlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, is hier nu dan ook de 8e! Deze opname is wederom gemaakt door Octavia en Challenge Records International.

De Amsterdamse dirigent Jaap van Zweden is nu chef-dirigent van het Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Deze rol zal hij in seizoen 2018-2019 bij The New York Philharmonic innemen. Daarnaast wordt hij gezien als één van ’s werelds beste dirigenten. Hij is zelfs door het tijdschrift Musical America uitgeroepen tot beste dirigent van 2012.

Als voormalig chef-dirigent van het orkest heeft Jaap van Zweden vele malen met het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest samengewerkt: een combinatie waar volgens de Volkskrant een gouden Brucknercombi in shuilt.
Auf dem Weg zur Gesamtaufnahme.

Jaap van Zweden setzt hiermit seinen exzellenten Bruckner-Zyklus fort, den er beim japanischen Label EXTON begonnen hat. Ungewöhnliche Tempi und ein herausragender Klang zeichnen diese Aufnahme aus. 2013 wird die Gesamtaufnahme der 9 Sinfonien vollendet sein und in einer luxuriösen Box erscheinen.

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting 15 system...
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The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting 15 system were transformed into two: the present Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. In 2006, these two orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra joined the Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO.
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has been conducted by great names such as Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona and Edo de Waart. Jaap van Zweden was named its chief conductor in September 2005. The orchestra has also worked with numerous famed guest conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antál Dorati, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev. Soon after its founding, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic found itself foremost in Dutch musical life in the number of performances and the diversity of its repertoire, with a predilection for Dutch and contemporary works in its programming. It has honed another facet of its striking profile with a great many opera concertante performances. The orchestra has an extensive discography, ranging from legendary LPs recorded in the 1970s under such conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Antal Doráti to Jean Fournet’s much-lauded renderings of French repertoire. Under Edo de Waart, not only did it release its legendary Wagner interpretations, but also the complete orchestral works of Rachmaninov. CDs with work by contemporary composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Klas Torstensson, Jan van Vlijmen and Stravinsky have garnered prizes and much acclaim.

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Composer(s)

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as 'half simpleton, half God'. Coming from a small farmer's village, Bruckner started his music education early, which he continued for a long time. Due to a mix of insecurity and eagerness to learn, Bruckner rushed from one study into another and he showed himself as a fanatic, but also remarkably talented,...
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Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as "half simpleton, half God".

Coming from a small farmer's village, Bruckner started his music education early, which he continued for a long time. Due to a mix of insecurity and eagerness to learn, Bruckner rushed from one study into another and he showed himself as a fanatic, but also remarkably talented, student. He started composing at an early age, but he considered everything before his 39th as mere practice. Bruckner never became a stable composer and relied on in short phases of creative energy. After these phases, he would spend ages revising his work. In particular his symphonies received countless revisions and new editions, which was also due to his insecurity, he was quite sensitive to criticism.

The premier of his Third Symphony was a disaster: a large part of the audience left the concert hall and a devastating review appeared afterwards. Luckily, appreciation for his work grew and at the time of his death, even the great Brahms attended his funeral.


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Press

I will ever leave New York because I want to.
Het Parool, 16-5-2017

 Luister 10! "I can't do nothing else than praise this masterly performance with such great vision. This is with distance the best Bruckner 8 of the last decade."
Luister, 23-10-2012

The recording quality of this issue is quite magnificent. This performance will be presented in an intelligent, sympathetic and profoundly musical manner. This is a very important recording from an increasingliy important conductor, fully deserving of the accolade 'Outstanding'.
International Record Review, 01-9-2012

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Jaap van Zweden; Bruckner - Symphony No 8 In C Minor Allegro Moderato

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