In Reply to: More on Bruckner's 6th and Blomstedt posted by TGR on June 27, 2012 at 21:21:00:
I know some of us gay men can be insufferably shallow and ready to snipe bitchily at what is disliked. With that, I'll say that I love Bruckner's works. I got reacquainted with some records I've had kicking around for the last thirty years or more when I recently digitized Herbert von Karajan's Bruckner cycle. There's some breathtakingly stunning playing going on, along with dynamic range that is huge (sometimes I think there's audible compression going on in the loudest passages). I have Jochum's DGG cycle as well (on CD); there are some marvelous performances there, too. I have Haitink's 1960s-1970s cycle as well, and try as I might, I keep thinking it sounds efficient and no-nonsense, and I just don't really connect with it.
I think the Sixth is a wonderful work that repays repeated listening. Jochum and Klemperer really "get" it; I think Karajan is successful too, but not quite as successful. (I read somewhere recently that the Sixth was one of the Bruckner symphonies Karajan never conducted in concert.)
For myself, the Fifth is one of my favorites; that last movement with its odd mix of sonata form and fugue builds tremendously, and the slow movement shows off the strings so well.
Glad to hear about a live performance of Bruckner! They just don't happen in Tucson....
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Topic - The Bruckner Sixth --- In Concert - Mike Porper 15:01:29 06/27/12 (15)
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- RE: The Bruckner Sixth --- In Concert - John N 08:40:15 06/28/12 (1)
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- Great post, Mike! - I'd leave out your bullet No. 7 however - Chris from Lafayette 16:08:36 06/27/12 (7)
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- RE: Great post, Mike! - I'd leave out your bullet No. 7 however - Cherrell 08:07:21 06/28/12 (0)
- More on Bruckner's 6th and Blomstedt - TGR 21:21:00 06/27/12 (3)Follow Ups
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