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16 January 2013
"One cannot imagine a finer performance than this, being so wunderfully played and recorded and interpreted with genuine love and insight - rare qualities today."Musical Opinion, 01-12-2013
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.
One cannot imagine a finer performance than this, being so wunderfully played and recorded and interpreted with genuine love and insight - rare qualities today.
Musical Opinion, 01-12-2013
Jaap van Zweden is now the leading interpreter of Bruckner's Symphonies, and has trained his orchestra to perform them brilliantly. This is a leading recommendation.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-10-2013
Van Zwden lets his orchestra play comfortably and that is what you hear in the loud passages, where the Radio Orchestra Philharmonich sounds smooth and warm
The orchestra plays with agility and plenty of rhythmic energy
International Record Review, 01-7-2013
This is a resplendent addition to an important cycle in the making.
Music lovers will not be disappointed by this record, also because of its extraordinary recording quality.
Van Zweden has an enviably straightforward way with Bruckner, favouring well-blended textures at points where other conductors have sought virtuoso blaze, always managing to move with an easy, natural gait, and achieving climactic impact without even resorting to excessive force.
Irish Times, 03-5-2013
Recording of the month
Jaap van Zweden is one of the most seasoned Bruckner conductors working today and this new version of Bruckner's Third is undoubtedly a major achievement.
Music Web International, 01-5-2013
For this recording the 'Zweiter Fassung' from 1877 was chosen, resulting in this impressive sound and masterful uncomplicated performance.
Beautiful construction of climaxes and excellent balance between the four parts.