- Composer: Bruckner
- Audio CD (April 1 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ncl
- ASIN: B0000060D5
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Ziemlich Schnell|
|2. Scherzo: Schnell|
|3. Andante: Fierlich, Etwas Bewegt|
|4. Finale: Mehr Schnell|
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.Read more ›
His skills at balance and getting the right colours for the music are much in evidence here. This Irish orchestra is incredible as well and perform with such conviction one almost thinks it's the Vienna Philharmoncic.