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"For me the most desirable recording of Bruckner's First"Klassieke zaken, 26-5-2017
Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as "half simpleton, half God".
Coming from a small farmer's village, Bruckner started his music education early, which he continued for a long time. Due to a mix of insecurity and eagerness to learn, Bruckner rushed from one study into another and he showed himself as a fanatic, but also remarkably talented, student. He started composing at an early age, but he considered everything before his 39th as mere practice. Bruckner never became a stable composer and relied on in short phases of creative energy. After these phases, he would spend ages revising his work. In particular his symphonies received countless revisions and new editions, which was also due to his insecurity, he was quite sensitive to criticism.
The premier of his Third Symphony was a disaster: a large part of the audience left the concert hall and a devastating review appeared afterwards. Luckily, appreciation for his work grew and at the time of his death, even the great Brahms attended his funeral.
For me the most desirable recording of Bruckner's First
Klassieke zaken, 26-5-2017
"Jaap van Zweden is the ultimate Bruckner-conductor. Whoever still doubts that, should listen to this recording."
[''].. A right up the alley of Jaap van Zweden, who has proven himself over the years as an animated Bruckner performer."
Klassieke Zaken, 01-8-2015
['']...With warm and clear sound on both CD and SCAD layers, it is difficult to think of a finer version of the First Symphony in the catalogue...['']
"The Scherzo with sharp edges and explosive final are of a childish brutality that Bruckner would definitely approve."
"One believes in this score, like Van Zweden's tireless drive and the musical enthusiasm of the orchestra prove."
NRC Handelsblad, 22-6-2015
["]..Such matchless scherzo is buzzing with adrenaline."
"... with the First Symphony, it turns out how in the RFO and his former principal conductor lurks a golden Bruckner-combi."
"In The New York Times his name was mentioned as potential conductor of the New York Philharmonic. After such a Bruckner one can believe it."
De Volkskrant, 17-6-2015
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Klassieke Zaken, 01-6-2015
"Wonderfully detailed implementation: analytic and well performed, masterly played also by RFO."
NRC Handelsblad, 01-6-2015
"For me it desrves a place of honor in the musical ' Guinness Book of Records ' and as far as I'm concerned for an Edison eligible."
Opus Klassiek, 01-5-2015