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09 September 2016
"The New York Philharmonic will serve as an ideal platform. Already I find him a superb Brucknerian, and if he continues in the same vein, his fame should be assured."Fanfare Magazine, 21-9-2017
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.
The New York Philharmonic will serve as an ideal platform. Already I find him a superb Brucknerian, and if he continues in the same vein, his fame should be assured.
Fanfare Magazine, 21-9-2017
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Klassieke Zaken, 01-12-2016
"Van Zweden's version gives a special attraction to the slow part, where he is stronger than most of his colleagues, he knows how to get the melancholic interpretation in the spotlight."
Opus Klassiek, 13-10-2016
four star rating (****)
"He paints colour with a fine brush. Climaxes stay in balance."
De Volkskrant, 01-10-2016
CD-box of the week: Bruckners symphonies directed by Jaap van Zweden
NPO radio 4, 22-9-2016
"Jaap van Zweden's inimitable Bruckner recordings all in one box."