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    Default Granate's Bruckner Challenge - Symphony No.2

    No.2 Results:

    Decent
    19th- Dausgaard SChO
    18th- Skrowaczewski RSOS
    17th- Stein WPO
    16th- Venzago NS
    15th- Blomstedt GHO
    14th- Wand KRSO
    13th- Tintner RNSO
    12th- Chailly RCO (1p)
    11th- Haitink RCO (2p)
    10th- Karajan BPO (3p)

    Good
    9th- Barenboim CSO (4p)
    8th- Jochum SOdBR
    7th- Solti CSO (5p)
    6th- Gielen RSOS (6p)

    5th


    Bruckner
    Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Nowak)
    Cond. Carlo Maria Giulini, WSO, Testament (1974/2001 Issue Edition)

    With a masterful balance, Giulini is able to take the symphony to a good height but it is not enough.
    C+

    4th (7p)


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    Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Haas)
    Cond. Takashi Asahina, OPO, Jean Jean (1976/2000 Issue Edition)

    For the second time, suprise for the sheer sound. It takes all the elements on foreground, but the brass is a bit Berliner for my taste. One of the best to hear.
    C+

    TOP3 (8p)


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    Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Nowak) (Live recording)
    Cond. Lorin Maazel, SOdBR, BR Classics (1999/2011 Issue Edition)

    It is a pity this does not achieve any master level, because from the start Maazel was conducting the symphony on a very different level to many rivals.
    C+

    Excellent
    TOP2 (9p)


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    Symphony No.2 in C minor (1872 Original Version, Ed. Carragan)
    Cond. Simone Young, HPO, Oehms (2006)

    Balance is again the highest score that Young and the Hamburg get here, with the same conducting level as Maazel though.
    B-

    TOP1 (10p)


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    Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Nowak)
    Cond. Eugen Jochum, SKD, WC (1980/1990 Reissue Edition)

    Now we are talking of excellence. The strings of the Dresden get the legatos perfectly on the first two movements, while keeping a good level on the latter two.
    B+

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    Jochum/DG and Giulini/VSO for me!
    -merlin

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    Listened to van Zweden/NRPO last night. The balance seemed off, to me, unlike Jochum and Giulini. Even the sound was not as good as most of the other symphonies in the box, including no. 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinus View Post
    Listened to van Zweden/NRPO last night. The balance seemed off, to me, unlike Jochum and Giulini. Even the sound was not as good as most of the other symphonies in the box, including no. 1.
    I'm happy that you are already enjoying that set. Also sad because the No.2 didn't match your expectations. This one is tough to get.

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    Giulini/VSO is the best no. 2 I have yet heard, in both sound and performance. But 1, 3, 4, and especially 5 are excellent in all regards, and the SACD SQ is marvelous.
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