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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

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Symphony No. 7: I. Allegro moderato
21:32
 
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Symphony No. 7: II. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
22:26
 
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Symphony No. 7: III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell
10:29
 
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Symphony No. 7: IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
13:01
 
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04.22.11
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
2007 | Label: CSO Resound

Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony is dedicated to Ludwig II, the famed "Mad King" of Bavaria. Ludwig is perhaps best known, aside from his whimsical castles, as the patron of Richard Wagner. Bruckner wrote the 7th with the knowledge that Wagner, one of his musical heroes, was about to die. That's most likely why Bruckner added four Wagner tubas to the orchestra here, their first appearance in his symphonic work. Like all of Bruckner's symphonies, there… read more »

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Bruckner 7-!

gemi-b

and never mind some reviews or ratings about too rushed or unserious playing. It mostly belongs to the conductor, and Haitink is one of the last old and wise ones, who deeply knows how a Bruckner symphony should be performed, even in Chicago-! And this is a very consistant and well timed performance, great sounding.

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4 is the number

LYSISTRATUS

The Ninth was intended by Bruckner to be a FOUR movement symphony. THREE movements survive entire, while the FOURTH (which may well have been close to completion before relic hunters visited Bruckner's deathbed and made off with MS sheets as mementos) has been reconstructed with some success (e.g. http://www.emusic.com/album/Westphalia-New-Philharmonic-Orchestra-BRUCKNER-Symphony-No-9-MP3-Download/10872390.html), giving a fair impression of the composer's intentions, though without benefit of his transforming genius.

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Four is not a magic number

l.thistlewood

All have four movements except, of course, the ninth symphony.

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Is It Over Yet?

Timbre

This performance is the sort that might make you wonder why anyone in his or her right mind would listen to Bruckner's symphonies. Haitink's tempos are tiresome and his lengthy pauses are downright annoying. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra sounds like it is merely “going through the motions.” If you've ever heard a great performance of this symphony, you know it can be quite moving. There is nothing moving about this performance; the orchestra simply plods through the score until it reaches the end. For a great performance on eMusic, get the Kurt Sanderling/SWR or Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Montreal recordings.

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Never mind

Oaksteel

You may have to download each track, separately, three times (which is the number of times I had to download them) or more, but eventually they will be complete to the end. Now if only eMusic would fix its "Downloan Manager" so that it manages downloading properly and consistently... Ah, well, pay less, get less. And so it goes. NOTE TO eMUSIC: Feel free to take down both of my reviews, if you like. I have moved on.