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December 27, 2011

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (1894)

Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 in D minor is the last symphony upon which he worked, leaving the last movement incomplete at the time of his death in 1896.

This version of Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, conducted by Johannes Wildner with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia, features a reconstructed finale.

The indisputable fact that the `reconstructed' finale cannot be considered `definitive' is therefore of no overwhelming significance. The facts of the case are that the finale of the 9th was completed by Bruckner in full score up to the beginning of the coda (a fact H. F. Redlich pointed out 50 years ago: `Bruckner and Mahler', Master Musicians, Dent). The finale of Bruckner's 9th was therefore left in a more complete state than Mahler's 10th. The thorough notes accompanying this recording present a strong and largely convincing musicological case for this reconstruction.

I. Feierlich - Misteriso - 00:00
II. Scherzo - Bewegt - 23:18
III. Adagio - Langsam - 34:16
IV. Finale - Misterioso - Nicht Schnell - 59:19

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 27, 2011 08:42 AM