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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)


    Bruckner
    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)


    Bruckner
    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)


    Bruckner
    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!
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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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    Recorded 1974.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Recorded 1974.

    One of the very best interpretations of this symphony!
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    Default After the Round-Up - No.2

    No.2 Results:
    Trash

    Decent
    30th- Dausgaard SChO
    29th- Lim KSO
    28th- Skrowaczewski RSOS
    27th- Janowski OSR
    26th- Stein WPO
    25th- Venzago NS
    24th- Konwitschny BRSO
    23rd- Blomstedt LGO
    22nd- Barenboim SKB
    21st- Wand KRSO
    20th- Tintner RNSO
    19th- Masur LGO
    18th- Chailly RCO
    17th- Haitink RCO
    16th- Inbal RSOF
    15th- Karajan BPO

    Good
    14th- Paternostro WPR (1p)
    13th- Barenboim CSO
    12th- Jochum SOdBR
    11th- Asahina TMSO JVC
    10th- Solti CSO (2p)
    9th- Barenboim BPO (3p)
    8th- Gielen RSOS (4p)
    7th- Eichhorn BOL (5p)
    6th- Giulini WSO
    5th- Asahina OPO (6p)
    4th- Rozhdestvensky URSS (7p)
    3rd- Maazel SOdBR (8p)

    Very good
    2nd- Young HPO (9p)
    1st- Jochum SKD (10p)

    Highlights of the round-up:


    Bruckner
    Symphony No.2 in C minor Live recording
    1877 Version, Ed. Nowak
    W├╝rttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
    Roberto Paternostro
    Membran (1997/2009 Issue Edition)


    I cannot deny this was a pleasing concert. It manages to play the four movements and at the same time convey the ambience of the hall. The adagio holds the best moments.
    C+


    Bruckner
    Symphony No.2 in C minor Live recording
    1877 Version, Ed. Haas
    Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
    Takashi Asahina
    JVC (1986/2002 Issue Edition)


    Clean effort with the soundscape required for the right experience. It's a well-deserved pass.
    C+


    Bruckner
    Symphony No.2 in C minor Live recording
    1872 Original Version, Ed. Carragan
    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim
    Warner Classics (1997/2006 Reissue Edition)


    Not a great rate but the cleanness of the recording improves the experience. It's warmer.
    C+


    Bruckner
    Symphony No.2 in C minor
    1872 Original Version, Ed. Carragan
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Kurt Eichhorn
    Camerata (1991/2005 Reissue Edition)


    In all the round-up, this is the first actually powerful performance of a Bruckner symphony. Fantastic timpani for this original version.
    C+


    Bruckner
    Symphony No.2 in C minor
    1877 Version, Ed. Nowak
    USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Venezia (1986/2009 Reissue Edition)


    Clean Brass and also powerful strings in a fresh performance. Very good package and another point for the conductor, passing everything in a row for now before the "successful" symhonies (3-9).
    C+

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