Bruckner Symphony no. 6 (2012)

Bruckner

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Jaap van Zweden

In the early days of the symphonies history, there was nothing like the meticulousness of our approach to Bruckner’s work. On February 26, 1899, Gustav Mahler gave in Vienna the first performance of the Sixth, in his own version, in which he substantially reworked both the instrumentation and notes and showed no aversion to sweeping cuts. The first printed score of Bruckner’s Sixth appeared in the summer of 1899, however it deviated greatly from the original work. Largely responsible for this was Josef Schalk (1857-1900), a highly respected conductor in Vienna and an early Bruckner admirer (Bruckner often referred to him as “Herr Generalissimus”). Did Bruckner ever hear his “keckste” composition performed? That cannot be answered with any certainty.
We know that during a concert in Vienna on February 11, 1883, the Vienna Philharmonic performed only the Adagio and Scherzo, conducted by Wilhelm Jahn, but the composer possibly heard the complete symphony during the rehearsals – or perhaps in or around October 1882 during the orchestra’s

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

As one of the flagship orchestras for the Dutch Broadcasting Authority, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic occupies a prominent place in two series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Saturday Matinee and the Sunday Morning Concerts as well as the Friday Vredenburg series in Utrecht. All concerts are broadcast live on the Dutch national station, Radio 4 and through the international European Broadcasting Union connection. 
A leading light on the Dutch musical firmament, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra guarantees adventurous symphonic programming, high quality performance and a plethora of concertante opera performances. World premieres and Dutch premieres of works by among others Koechlin, Martin, Franssens, Koolmees, Padding, Francesconi, Janácek, De Raaff, Oetsvolskaja, Vriend and Rijnvos were praised by critics and audience.
 The orchestra’s discography is impressive and includes the complete Mahler Symphonies and orchestral works by Rachmaninoff under the direction of Edo de Waart. Ongoing recording projects include a Bruckner-cycle under the direction of Jaap van Zweden (Exton label) and the complete Shostakovich symphonies led by the British conductor Mark Wigglesworth (Bis label). Wagner’s LohengrinDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal, performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and vocal soloists under the direction of Jaap van Zweden, were recorded for QuattroLive and Challenge Records and met with great critical acclaim. QuattroLive is the cd label of Radio 4, the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the broadcasters NTR, AVRO and TROS. 

Jaap van Zweden

Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and in September 2012 he took up the position of Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Appointed at nineteen as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995 and held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005), and Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011) and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Chamber Orchestras from 2005-2011(he remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra). In November 2011 van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras.

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Bruckner Symphony no. 6 (2012)

Bruckner

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

    Gramophone

Zweden, who's tighter grip seems paradoxically to free the music in the most invigorating way

    Luister

Van Zweden geeft weer een heel aparte uitvoering, met voor mij nieuwe inzichten.

    Luister

Al met al een schitterende zesde

    Www.opusklassiek.nl

Heel aangenaam is tevens het rustige maar allesbehalve slepende basistempo in de finale, met een schitterende en melancholieke terugblik op het adagio

    Music Web International

The recorded catalogue boasts more good performances of the Symphony now than used to be the case a few years ago. The arrival of this excellent new version with van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic makes that even more true.

    International Record Review

exceptional engineering achieved by Challenge Classics, with natural-sounding timbres and an extremly realistic sense of acoustic space

    Classical CD Choice

Perhaps the most rigorous performance of Bruckner's Sixth Symphony that the SACD medium has yet enjoyed

    Sunday Times

This is a mature and powerful reading of the Sixth Symphony, the most original and adventurous of the nine.

    TheArtsDesk.com

Listen to this disc several times and you'll fall in love with this symphony.

Bruckner Symphony no. 6 (2012)

Bruckner

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

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Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Equipment: Avalon Acoustic
Microphones: Sondore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: MCO5 Hilversum Holland
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony no. 6 in A major -Majestoso
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Symphony no. 6 in A major - Adagio. Sehr feierlich
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Symphony no. 6 in A major - Scherzo. Nicht schnell _ Trio. Langsam
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Symphony no. 6 in A major - Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
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