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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Years ago, I never realised that one day I'd consider Bruckner 5 as one of Bruckner's greatest utterances. I do now, as do many others ......

    Current faves:

    Karajan BPO 1970s (DG)
    Sinopoli Dresden (DG)
    Jochum Concertgebouw 1986 Live (Tahra)
    Bruckner's 5th resonated with after a couple of recordings. It was Wand with NDR. What a work... the adagio is so touching.

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    Being a Bruckner addict, this is what i want to do sometime but don't know how yet.

    All the different editions makes it a life task i guess...

    Maybe i could begin with the classic fourth as an "easy" starter.

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    Maybe this thread is not about this but maybe someone can help me, otherwise I could open another one. So, I've discovered Brucker recently and felt in love with his 4th (in particular the original version from 1874), but I found a bit strange and odd the successive symphonies (excluding 7 and 8 which I didn't hear to yet). Which order would you suggest to follow for a beginner if you had to listen to all Brucker's symphonies and "appreciate" them the most? (Chronological one? Or maybe not?)

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    I don't think it matters too much....I love Bruckner - I started with 7, then 4, then 3,9,8 all kind of together....3-9 are the main events for me...check them all out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicalPower View Post
    Which order would you suggest to follow for a beginner if you had to listen to all Brucker's symphonies and "appreciate" them the most? (Chronological one? Or maybe not?)
    My order was: 4-8-5-6-3-9-2-7-1-00-0 I liked the 4th and 8th very quickly but found the 5th strange for some weeks. - Maybe the one symphony worth delaying. The rest depends on what you want to hear. I wouldn't do it chronologically, because the early symphonies are not representative.

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    4 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 5 - 6 - 3

    This would be my suggested order. 4 and 7 are the easiest to like first. 8, 9, 5 are denser, more epic. 6 and 3 are somewhat lesser works better for after you’ve learned to appreciate Bruckner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    6 and 3 are somewhat lesser works better for after you’ve learned to appreciate Bruckner.
    Seems like polls show similar evaluations. A preference for the late symphonies is common. For example this poll has the last 3 symphonies in the first three places: Favorite Bruckner Symphonies

    But I have to say, I can't agree on this low ranking of the 3rd. Compare the first movement of the 3rd with the very ceremonial first of the 9th. The first movement of the 3rd is very harsh, edgy and straight forward but also very lively and rich. The ninth has more the aura of importance and maybe more perfection here and there, but is its viscosity really the better solution?

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    Definitely 8 and 9 are my favorites, so I agree with the poll. They are sort of akin to Beethoven 3 and 9. Ambitious and great.

    Bruckner 4 and 7 are more akin to Beethoven 5 and 7. Not as epic but easier to absorb.

    Bruckner 5 occupies a strange place, similar to where Mahler 7 stands in my book. Both are difficult to absorb but ultimately prove very rewarding over time.

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    The 5th seems clearly the most ambitious but for the 8th (and probably 9th) but somewhat different from the others with the slow intro Bruckner never uses elsewhere, the scherzo beginning with a sped up motive from the slow movement and the finale being in some ways more monumental than even the 8th.
    I think it was the first I bought myself on CD (Wand/WDR), I had probably heard the 4th and maybe another one.
    I used to like it a lot and I still find it fascinating but nowadays I rarely listen to Bruckner (too long, too overwrought).

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