Bruckner: Symphony No. 3

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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 in 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 in 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
RECORDING ASSISTANTS: Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITING: Johannes Müller
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker