Bruckner cycle

The monastery of St. Florian near Linz in Austria: A surrounding inextricably linked to Anton Bruckner, presents the extraordinary setting of the Münchner Philharmoniker’s Bruckner cycle, which was started in 2017 and will be completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/21.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 1

Having started this past September 2017, in the Monastery of St. Florian fascinating a setting with unique historical significance in this context, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev present the most spectacular and ambitious cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. The Munich Philharmonic proudly commence their St. Florian Live Recordings Series with the release of his First Symphony, recorded in September 2017.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 2

Bruckner’s Second Symphony already reveals all the hallmarks of the fully developed »Bruckner style«: powerful agglomerations of sound in its outer movements, the »atmosphere of a moonlit night« in its slow movement and a rustic dance scene in its Scherzo. This Scherzo is arguably the reason why this work is also known as Bruckner’s »Upper Austrian Symphony«.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3

Having started in September 2017 the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev present the most spectacular and ambitious cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. The second release in this series is Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony, called »Wagner-Symphony«.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

In writing his Eight Symphony, Bruckner hoped to surpass all that he had previously achieved in the field of symphony and to do so, moreover not only in terms of the dimensions of the individual movements, but also in the intensity of his expression - he was all the more disappointed, then, when his contemporaries initially rejected the work. He revised the symphony and it was in this reworked version that it enjoyed a triumphant premiere in 1892, proving that the world of music was finally ready to confront the strenuous demands placed upon it by such a large-scale symphony.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

In his Ninth Symphony - his final contribution to the medium - Bruckner took stock of his life, which he was able to do only on the basis of his unshakeable faith. But he was unable to finish the score and died while working on its final movement. Its three completed movements lead us into a world that constitutes a quest for answers to life’s ultimate questions, while the Scherzo introduces us to a scene of demonic terrors, the Adagio to a universe of sound which, after the earlier struggles and doubts, ushers in a mood of peaceful valediction.

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