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Symphony No. 2

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  • Composer: Bruckner
  • Audio CD (April 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0000060D5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Ziemlich Schnell
2. Scherzo: Schnell
3. Andante: Fierlich, Etwas Bewegt
4. Finale: Mehr Schnell

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Odd that, even now, Bruckner's Second Symphony is often left out of the reckoning. It's a transitional work in many respects, although the clear, powerful outlines of the mature symphonist are already in evidence, while the content is of a high quality. The wistful opening theme in the strings, the "Adagio"'s pastoral mysticism--such music could only be by Bruckner, although the expression is less monumental than it later became. Like several other of his symphonies, there's more than one edition: Georg Tintner gives you the original version, which means not just all the music, but the orchestration as Bruckner conceived it in 1872. The work emerges with a rhythmic incisiveness worthy of Schubert--and not even undertones of Wagner. Although the Ireland NSO may not be world-class, they certainly have the measure of Bruckner's style, but then they also have one of the finest living Bruckner interpreters to guide then through this eventful and life-enhancing work. Even were it three times the price, this disc would be self-recommending. --Richard Whitehouse

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When Anton Bruckner visited Richard Wagner in 1873 at Bayreuth, where the composer was in the midst of his Herculean labors on the Ring cycle, Bruckner brought along with him the scores of his second and nearly-completed third symphonies, along with a few other works. Prior to that the two composers had spent time together during the delayed premiere of TRISTAN, though Bruckner had been too intimidated at the time to show Wagner any of his compositions. During the later meeting, however, whereas Wagner is said to have found Bruckner's 2nd too conservative, he was bowled over by the brashness of the 3rd -- especially by the trumpet fanfare in the opening. In the liner notes to this particular Naxos release, conductor Georg Tintner speculates that Wagner's verdict of the 2nd Symphony might be one of the reasons it has been, comparatively speaking, so infrequently peformed.
Which is a gosh-darned shame because the second symphony of Anton Bruckner is, contrary to apparent popular belief, a mature, radiantly beautiful, serenly confident work. Though it doesn't plummet and scale some of the depths and heights of the composer's later works, it is, in my opinion, a quiet masterpiece -- more artistically successful, for instance, than the composer's third symphony. And, when it comes to Bruckner's slow movements, though many have tended to single out for praise those included in the later symphonies, those unfamilar with this work might very well be surprised over how achingly beautiful its walking-paced Andante truly is.
Another reason to check out this recording is the inspired original decision by Bruckner to alter the placement order of the Scherzo and Andante.
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By A Customer on Sept. 14 2000
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PERFORMANCE: 9 out of 10. RECORDING: 9 out of 10.
There are 5 versions of this symphony. The first modern edition (by Robert Haas) is a composite of the 1877 version with elements of the 1872 version added. The second modern edition (by Leopold Nowak) apparently only indicates where the 1877 cuts should go and retains an error in the trumpet parts at the end of the first movement. (Often, conductors using the Nowak edition ignore many, if not all, of the cuts.) Since then, William Carragan edited the various versions of the 2nd and his editions supersede those of Haas and Nowak.
Tintner presents us with the original 1872 version (by Carragan). Many of the changes in the later versions involve rewrites, cuts and reorchestrations. Without going into a full discussion of all the changes, it should be said that the 1872 version is superior to the others because:
a) The scherzo comes second as break between the lyrical first movement and the slow movement;
b) The original horn ending of the slow movement is magical compared to the clarinet of later versions; &
c) There are no cuts.
It is true, there is a minor problem of orchestral balance at the very end of the finale, but Tintner overcomes that as well.
This CD lives up to the high standards that Dr. Tintner and Naxos have set. I hope that it will discourage the use of the later versions of this symphony. I heartily recommend the entire series to all those who are unfamiliar with the composer and to comparative "Brucknerheads".
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This is actually the second recording of the Carragan Edition of Bruckner's Symphony No.2. Eichorn and the Linz Bruckner Orchestra offer this edition in two different releases. One, a two-disc set, also includes the 1873 revision of 1872. In 1873 the scherzo was moved to the more familiar third movement position. The other touches are too subtle to note, and I'm not sure anyone but a Bruckner scholar could spot the changes.
The Eichorn recording was also released coupled with rehearsal sessions (of 1872) on a second disc. Either way, Eichorn and his orchestra are equal to the challenge Tintner offers -- but Tintner on Naxos has a decided advantage in price. If you already own one of the Eichorn versions there is no reason to replace it. For those first coming to this version of the Bruckner Second, choose Tinter without a moment's reservation... !
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To give a good reading and interpretation of this particulary tempo balace work and specially in this magnificent Carragan version its obvious that Tintner went still far adding spiritual quality to this recording. Its notorious the level of the details and accents that Tintner /Ireland NSO give us, reviews in BBc and Gramophone magazines confirm such appraising. For me I woud like the crystaline clarity and spaciousness of Haitink /Abbey road recordings, but still this warm bronze sound recording will be condidered as a classic for the future.
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