Symphony No. 6
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|2. Adagio: Sehr Feirlich|
|3. Scherzo: Nicht Schnell - Trio: Langsam|
|4. Finale: Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell|
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The first movement starts with a simple yet difficult marking - 'Majestoso'. Bruckner went through an untiring effort to make sure that despite the palpable energy that permeates the entire movement, the music should be majestic in nature. Unfortunately, the cautiously skeletal markings are often blatantly ignored by many conductors who add numerous flashy and unnecessary tricks in their performances, leading ultimately to this movement sounding more Beethovenian than Brucknerian. Under the stoic and sensitive guidance of Tintner, the austere majesty of the work emerges with humbling beauty. The tempi are naturally paced, and the NZSO responds with an unerring accuracy that puts many world-class orchestral powerhouses to shame. The second movement of the symphony is perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching human utterances ever written. The poignant beauty of the movement makes it especially vulnerable to over-dramatization, as exemplified by the otherwise extremely fine Celibidache's rendition on EMI. The movement begins and ends with a heartrending oboe solo. It brings an untold story from the distance, and it takes with it the present despair to the distance.Read more ›
Having said that, the New Zealand Symphony, while possessing a lovely string tone and good wind and brass, really can't give Tintner everything he asks for. Disturbingly, the strings, especially the violins, have frequent mishaps that often seem to mar the phrasing, especially at the end of long phrases. In light of this, unless you are understandably a huge Tintner fan, the sixth to get on a budget label is Skrowaczewski with the wonderful Saarbrucken forces on Arte Nova. Both conductors have similar takes on the music, but Skrowaczewski has the better orchestra, and sometimes he holds the tension a little better, too.
The engineering is admirable.
Perhaps I just find myself in tune with Tinter's approach. I now own the complete set, and value it as highly as Jochum's EMI set, and not only for offering alternate ecitions of the scores. That, I believe, says it all.
RECORDING: 9 out of 10.
THE VERSIONS OF THE 6th SYMPHONY:
There are were two versions of this symphony. The 1881 version was published by both Haas and Nowak with almost identical results. Then there is the first published edition by Hynais which contains some minor changes which, to my knowledge, have not been authenticated. Tintner presents the Haas edition.
This CD lives up to the high standards that Dr. Tintner and Naxos have set. I heartily recommend the entire series to all those who are unfamiliar with the composer and to comparative "Brucknerheads".
Most recent customer reviews
I cannot really amplify any more what others had said here, except that there is a superb warmth to these performances that give great depth to the 6th. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2004
I'm a big Bruckner fan and I can't completely say why yet. I do know that when Tintner got his Bruckner going right he kept pouring it on and this is no exception. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002 by Ward Hilgers
Almost all of Tintner's Bruckner cycle has been grossly overrated but this one is a real turkey. Slack performance by the N.Z. Read morePublished on April 9 2001 by R. Ball