The Sixth is a special case among Bruckner’s symphonies. Once held in lesser regard, it is now seen as just as multilayered and profound a masterpiece as his other contributions to the medium. The opening does not grope its way forward in a typically tentative Brucknerian manner by allowing its thematic structures to emerge only gradually; instead, the music is »there« from the outset.
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.
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 took place in the Monastery of St. Florian in Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The recordings are available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL.
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.«
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.
ANTON BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 6, WAB 106 1. Majestoso 2. Adagio: sehr feierlich 3. Scherzo: Nicht schnell – Trio: Langsam 4. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
RECORDING DATE: 24 / 25 September 2019 LOCATION: Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria PRODUCER: Johannes Müller BALANCE ENGINEER: Stephan Reh RECORDING ASSISTANTS: Martin Shi, Florian Rabl EDITOR: Johannes Müller, Martin Shi REMIXING ENGINEER: Stephan Reh MASTERING ENGINEER: Christoph Stickel EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker