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New Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig brings together two of Bruckner's best symphonies / Classical Music Sentinel

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Anyone who's visited my blog and read "The Bruckner Conundrum: The Problem with Anton" will know my opinions on and perception of the music of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896). And more specifically my estimation that his Symphony No. 9 in D minor is nothing more than the cumulative end result of all of his previous Symphonies. With that said, like I mention in my blog, I believe it to be "a monumental symphonic achievement of colossal proportions, standing tall above the rest of his output like a Gothic cathedral, complete with massive granite blocks, brightly lit stained-glass windows and mysterious dark corners". 

With all of that said, an impressive reading of a Bruckner symphony and especially the 9th, is all about good sonics. And the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig can produce this in spades. A prime example of this is when Bruckner takes the beautiful and powerful heaven-storming chords from the beginning of the final movement and at the end inverts them and reveals their dark side, the orchestra generates enough power for you to recoil. And I love Nelsons' choice of specific Wagner pieces as they clearly demonstrate the extent to which Bruckner's reverance for Wagner highly influenced his own music. So don't let my highly personal postulations on the music of Anton Bruckner detract you from acquiring a copy of this 2-disc set which brings together two of his best symphonies along with music from the master who engendered their genesis.

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