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17 May 2013
"Taken at a good rhythm, the Scherzo is very well played, acting as beautiful transition with the last movement which, not to be precipitated, is nevertheless conducted with impetus by a Jaap van Zweden who, undoubtedly, asserts himself as a an excellent “brucknerien” (Bruckner player)"concertonet.com, 06-1-2015
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.
Taken at a good rhythm, the Scherzo is very well played, acting as beautiful transition with the last movement which, not to be precipitated, is nevertheless conducted with impetus by a Jaap van Zweden who, undoubtedly, asserts himself as a an excellent “brucknerien” (Bruckner player)
This recording totally outshines most of the other ones (...) very exciting!
Zweden, who's tighter grip seems paradoxically to free the music in the most invigorating way
Gramophone , 01-12-2013
The recorded catalogue boasts more good performances of the Symphony now than used to be the case a few years ago. The arrival of this excellent new version with van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic makes that even more true.
Music Web International, 01-8-2013
All in all a brilliant sixth
Van Zweden shows a very different version, with new insights for me.
"All in all a brilliant sixth"
Perhaps the most rigorous performance of Bruckner's Sixth Symphony that the SACD medium has yet enjoyed
Classical CD Choice, 23-7-2013
This is a mature and powerful reading of the Sixth Symphony, the most original and adventurous of the nine.
Sunday Times UK, 14-7-2013
Exceptional engineering achieved by Challenge Classics, with natural-sounding timbres and an extremly realistic sense of acoustic space
International Record Review, 01-7-2013
Listen to this disc several times and you'll fall in love with this symphony.
"In Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony van Zweden achieves a good mix of rhythm, serenity and solemnity. The Netherlands Radio Orchestra’s playing is outstanding."
Pizzicato blog, 20-6-2013
Van Zweden creates a completely different version. With, for me, new insights.
"Very nice is also the quiet but far from lingering base rate in the final, with a beautiful and melancholy look back at the adagio"