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. 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. 8

The Münchner Philharmoniker have arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings led by the many legendary conductors that have worked for and with the Münchner Philharmoniker are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

Having started in September 2017 at the Monastery of St. Florian, a setting with unique historical significance in this context, the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev present a most spectacular cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. All performances take place at the Monastery of St. Florian near Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle was continued this past September 2018 and shall be completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.

This spring the Münchner Philharmoniker make live recordings at St. Florian of Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 2, 8 and 9 available to audiences around the world. 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.

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
1. Allegro moderato (15:53)
2. Scherzo. Allegro moderato (15:56)
3. Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend (27:37)
4. Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell (21:15)

RECORDING DATES 26. September 2018 (No. 8)
LOCATION Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria
PRODUCER Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER Stephan Reh
RECORDING ASSISTANTS Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITOR Johannes Müller, Martin Shi
REMIXING ENGINEER Stephan Reh
MASTERING ENGINEER Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Münchner Philharmoniker

 

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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 this past September 2017.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 1

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

The Munich Philharmonic has arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings lead by the many legendary conductors that have worked for and with the Munich Philharmonic are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

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. All performances take place in the Monastery of St. Florian in Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle will continue in September 2018 and completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.

Valery Gergiev on the experience of making these recordings: »The Munich Philharmonic are incredible, talented players. They combine this technical ability with a deep group experience in the music of Bruckner. I treasure and am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these musicians and want people around the world to hear the music we make together.«

The Munich Philharmonic proudly commence their St. Florian Live Recordings Series with the release of his First Symphony, recorded this past September 2017. Although traditionally labelled his first contribution to the genre, Bruckner’s First Symphony was not his first attempt to explore the world of symphony. It was written in only four months, and while clearly influenced by such models as Schubert, Spohr and Weber, it can still be regarded as a independent creation. A number of the characteristic features of the quintessential Bruckner symphony are already fully formed in the First: the tendency to build to a climax throuch a series of wave-like episodes, resulting in what might almost be described as outbursts of violence on the part of the full orchestra; soaring melodic lines in the slow movement; and a Scherzo notable for its motoric rhythms and lyrical Trio.

Valery Gergiev has paid the Austro-German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Anton Bruckner. Over recent decades he has continued to explore the Austro-German repertoire, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

This third season with Maestro Gergiev as principal conductor has continued a stimulating artistic relationship with the orchestra. This success is repeatedly confirmed and reinforced by the audience, international and German press.


ANTON BRUCKNER:  Symphony No. 1
1. I. Allegro (14:25)
2. II. Adagio (12:38)
3. III. Scherzo. Lebhaft, schnell (08:13)
4. IV. Finale. Bewegt, feurig (15:32)
Total playing time: 50:49

RECORDING DATE: 25 September 2017
RECORDING LOCATION: Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria
PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER: Stephan Reh
RECORDING ASSISTANTS: Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITING: Johannes Müller
REMIXING ENGINEER: Stephan Reh
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker

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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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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

The Münchner Philharmoniker have arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings led by the many legendary conductors that have worked for and with the Münchner Philharmoniker are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

Having started in September 2017 at the Monastery of St. Florian, a setting with unique historical significance in this context, the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev present a most spectacular cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. All performances take place at the Monastery of St. Florian near Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle was continued this past September 2018 and shall be completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.

In spring 2019 the Münchner Philharmoniker make live recordings at St. Florian of Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 2, 8 and 9 available to audiences around the world. 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.

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
1. Feierlich, misterioso (25:39)
2. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio. Schnell (11:34)
3. Adagio. Langsam, feierlich (25:29)

RECORDING DATES 25. / 26. September 2018 (No. 9)
LOCATION Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria
PRODUCER Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER Stephan Reh
RECORDING ASSISTANTS Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITOR Johannes Müller, Martin Shi
REMIXING ENGINEER Stephan Reh
MASTERING ENGINEER Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Münchner Philharmoniker

 

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 2

This spring the Münchner Philharmoniker make live recordings at St. Florian of Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 2, 8 and 9 available to audiences around the world. 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. 2

The Münchner Philharmoniker have arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings led by the many legendary conductors that have worked for and with the Münchner Philharmoniker are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

Having started in September 2017 at the Monastery of St. Florian, a setting with unique historical significance in this context, the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev present a most spectacular cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. All performances take place at the Monastery of St. Florian near Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle was continued this past September 2018 and shall be completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.

This spring the Münchner Philharmoniker make live recordings at St. Florian of Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 2, 8 and 9 available to audiences around the world. 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«.

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 2
1. Moderato (17:50)
2. Andante (14:04)
3. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell - Trio. Gleiches Tempo (06:56)
4. Finale. Mehr schnell (16:38)

RECORDING DATES 24. / 25. September 2018 (No. 2)
LOCATION Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria
PRODUCER Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER Stephan Reh
RECORDING ASSISTANTS Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITOR Johannes Müller, Martin Shi
REMIXING ENGINEER Stephan Reh
MASTERING ENGINEER Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Münchner Philharmoniker

 

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3

Having started this past 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. 3

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

The Munich Philharmonic has arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings lead by the many legendary conductors that have worked for and with the Munich Philharmonic are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

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. All performances take place in the Monastery of St. Florian in Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle will continue in September 2018 and completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.

Valery Gergiev on the experience of making these recordings: »The Munich Philharmonic are incredible, talented players. They combine this technical ability with a deep group experience in the music of Bruckner. I treasure and am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these musicians and want people around the world to hear the music we make together.«

The second release in this series is Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony, also recorded this past September 2017. When looking at the original score, a single strip of blue paper features the handwriting of both Anton Bruckner and Richard Wagner. At the top, in Bruckner’s somewhat ungainly scrawl, are the words »Symphony in D minor, where the trumpet launches the main theme. A. Bruckner«, while benath it, in Wagner’s elegantly sweeping script, we read: »Yes! Yes! Cordial greetings! Richard Wagner!« This remarkable double autograph documents the successful conclusion of Bruckner’s attempfs to persuade Wagner to accept the dedication of one of his symphonies, which turned the Third into Bruckner’s »Wagner-Symphony«.

Valery Gergiev has paid the Austro-German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Anton Bruckner. Over recent decades he has continued to explore the Austro-German repertoire, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

This third season with Maestro Gergiev as principal conductor has continued a stimulating artistic relationship with the orchestra. This success is repeatedly confirmed and reinforced by the audience, international and German press.

ANTON BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3
1. I. Gemaessigt, misterioso (21:25)
2. II. Adagio (14:01)
3. III. Ziemlich schnell (07:03)
4. IV. Allegro (12:59)
Total playing time: 55:30

RECORDING DATE: 25 September 2017
RECORDING LOCATION: Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria
PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER: Stephan Reh
RECORDING ASSISTANTS: Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITING: Johannes Müller
REMIXING ENGINEER: Stephan Reh
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker

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