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08 October 2021
"Classical Source described the performance as 'an enriching, inexorable voyage, no other view seeming conceivable or needed'."Presto, 01-10-2021
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.
Classical Source described the performance as 'an enriching, inexorable voyage, no other view seeming conceivable or needed'.
It is clear that the recording with the RFO can certainly stand next to the other recordings Haitink made of the piece, or even surpass them, assuming, certainly, that this is a genuine live event and nothing has been edited.
Het Parool, 30-9-2021
Sovereign remains sovereign. And this album a document.
De Volkskrant, 30-9-2021
After an eloquent Adagio and a fairly stodgy Scherzo, he reaches his highest level of alertness in the finale....I felt a welling up of affection for Bernard Haitink as I listened to this release.
Fanfare Magazine, 01-3-2022
...the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra bring to Bruckner the eloquence of mystical clarity, moreover with a sonorous flavor, a work of instrumental texture, ideally balanced.
And the breadth of breath necessary especially in the first half is perfectly captured. In the Scherzo the contrast between the first and third parts and the wonderful central Trio has splendid poetic evidence.
Classic Voice, 20-1-2022
What we have is a fine, detailed performance
BBC Music Magazine, 17-1-2022
This registration allows us to experience the afternoon of gratitude.
De Volkskrant, 21-12-2021
By the way, taken as a whole, this account is excellent and will delight any Brucknerian. The recording is outstanding, so accomplishing a disc that looks like a perfect homage to this great conductor that just left us.
The performances are more subtle than dramatic and the fire is created in part by the very direct recording
For me a life without music is unthinkable
Klassieke Zaken, 01-12-2021
The brittle conductor received a standing ovation on attendance
Klassieke Zaken, 01-12-2021
Bernard Haitink signs for intimate moments that glisten with loving details, while at the same time building powerful cathedrals of sound and expression. A great achievement, especially for the orchestra that really surpasses itself.
De Gelderlander, 20-10-2021
there is nothing about this to dislike; it is steady, calm Bruckner which builds inexorably to climaxes and trips along winningly in the bucolic passages.
Musicweb International, 13-10-2021
Legendary, emotional and unforgettable.
The Violin Channel, 13-10-2021
Suppleness and lyricism characterize this very fine version of the symphony. Haitink brings out the melodies and the colors.
We hear a beautiful, perfectly sized Seventh by a fantastic orchestra, led by a wonderful Bruckner conductor.
Opus Klassiek, 24-9-2021