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    12/06
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    12/06
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


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    Can you guide me to some more information on this box? It looks excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eramire156 View Post
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    Anton Bruckner is a composer with an unmistakable musical language: darkly glowing, overwhelmingly beautiful, but also energetic and innovative. For the Berliner Philharmoniker, this music has been part of their artistic identity for over a hundred years. The orchestra now presents Bruckner’s symphonies in an exclusive edition, recorded over the last ten years together with some of the foremost Bruckner interpreters of our time.

    Bruckner’s symphonies are a universe of immeasurable tonal, expressive, and metaphysical dimensions. It is precisely the changing perspectives of different conductors that make it possible to explore this diverse wealth. The edition is moreover a document of a successful artistic collaboration with highly esteemed partners of many years’ standing: Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann and Simon Rattle. The high-quality hardcover edition presents the recordings on nine CDs as well as pure audio and video recordings on Blu-Ray. The extensive booklet contains an essay by the renowned musicologist Richard Taruskin plus portraits of the conductors, introductions to the individual symphonies and numerous photos.

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Anton Bruckner Symphonien 1–9

    Seiji Ozawa
    Symphony No. 1

    Paavo Järvi
    Symphony No. 2

    Herbert Blomstedt
    Symphony No. 3

    Bernard Haitink
    Symphony No. 4

    Bernard Haitink
    Symphony No. 5

    Mariss Jansons
    Symphony No. 6

    Christian Thielemann
    Symphony No. 7

    Zubin Mehta
    Symphony No. 8

    Sir Simon Rattle
    Symphony No. 9

    Recorded between 2009 and 2019 at the Philharmonie Berlin

    Bonus video:
    The conductors talk about Bruckner’s symphonies (37 mins)

    https://www.berliner-philharmoniker-...l%20Newsletter
    A superfluous set, if you want the best digital Bruckner by the Berliner, get Wand on RCA. It is not complete, but come on, Mehta, Rattle, Ozawa, Jarvi have nothing to say in Bruckner and Thielemann and Jansons are not top class in Bruckner either:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post
    A superfluous set, if you want the best digital Bruckner by the Berliner, get Wand on RCA. It is not complete, but come on, Mehta, Rattle, Ozawa, Jarvi have nothing to say in Bruckner and Thielemann and Jansons are not top class in Bruckner either
    This is pretty clearly a set aimed at Bruckner fanatics and fans of the Berlin Philharmonic, and people who prefer live recordings over studio ones (I'm assuming that these are live, since I don't believe that any of them have been issued commercially).

    I'm not sure how one could call this set "superfluous" without having heard it. I'm certainly curious to hear it, but probably not curious enough to buy it until I read some reviews by people who've actually heard it.

    BTW, the Mehta BPO 8th from this set is on Spotify.
    Last edited by wkasimer; Nov-14-2019 at 14:02.

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    ^^

    To be fair, it's a deluxe set that promises a lot of quality. I think the BPO is a magnificient Bruckner orchestra, not only under Günter Wand, because Daniel Barenboim and himself inherited the powerful orchestra nurtured by decades of Herbert von Karajan and Wilhelm Furtwängler. I do hope they have kept the orchestral level, but I'm afraid that at best it's going to be a set as heterogenous as the Decca with the Wiener Philharmoniker recently reissued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Can you guide me to some more information on this box? It looks excellent.
    I have the same interest you do, but I can't read the title, other than it is something Beethoven, else I would do a search for it.
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    It's a re-packaging of Bernstein's Beethoven recordings with the NYP. Says re-mastered, but who knows if the sound is better? I paid 6 dollars for the current 6 disc set of symphonies, overtures & violin concerto.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bernstein-Con...s=music&sr=1-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    It's a re-packaging of Bernstein's Beethoven recordings with the NYP. Says re-mastered, but who knows if the sound is better? I paid 6 dollars for the current 6 disc set of symphonies, overtures & violin concerto.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bernstein-Con...s=music&sr=1-1
    Pretty package anyway. Thanks for the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    It's a re-packaging of Bernstein's Beethoven recordings with the NYP. Says re-mastered, but who knows if the sound is better? I paid 6 dollars for the current 6 disc set of symphonies, overtures & violin concerto.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bernstein-Con...s=music&sr=1-1
    It probably includes the remasters that were in the big Bernstein Remastered set. It also presumably includes his NYP Missa Solemnis recording, which is worth hearing.

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    Sorry - redundant posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    This is now the third set of Beethoven quartets issued in the Masters series, following the Tokyo and Budpest (stereo) set. The Guarneri set is fine, but the Beethoven quartet discography has become a lot more crowded in the last 50 years, so I don't think that this one is competitive, even at budget price (I think the same of the Budapest stereo set).

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post


    It's a re-packaging of Bernstein's Beethoven recordings with the NYP. Says re-mastered, but who knows if the sound is better? I paid 6 dollars for the current 6 disc set of symphonies, overtures & violin concerto.
    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    ... I am sure all the recordings are newly remastered. But I listened to symphonies No.3 and No.5 and had lost almost all the charm the set had (you know I'm a huge fan of this cycle in the shape of the 2000s remasters).
    Comment I wrote a lot of time ago. Wow, time goes fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    This is pretty clearly a set aimed at Bruckner fanatics and fans of the Berlin Philharmonic, and people who prefer live recordings over studio ones (I'm assuming that these are live, since I don't believe that any of them have been issued commercially).

    I'm not sure how one could call this set "superfluous" without having heard it. I'm certainly curious to hear it, but probably not curious enough to buy it until I read some reviews by people who've actually heard it.

    BTW, the Mehta BPO 8th from this set is on Spotify.
    I heard the Berliner playing Bruckner 9 live with Rattle a few years ago, it frankly was a disaster. I heard Bruckner 8 with Thielemann live in Vienna a few weeks ago. It was beautiful, but just not into the top league of what the VPO can do in what is one of their signature pieces (Karajan, Boulez, Giulini, Haitink). I heard various Jansons concerts with Bruckner in Amsterdam, they were also beautiful, but not top notch, such as the Bruckners conducted by Haitink.

    The only recordings in this BPO set, that I might want to hear, would be the Haitink and Blomstedt ones. Both however already have an extensive Bruckner catalogue on record, including recent releases.

    The Wand BPO Bruckner recordings were a refreshing recent find and are among my most cherished Bruckner recordings.

    I just have not enough interest in the other conductor's accomplishments with Bruckner. For BPO fans there are better Bruckner alternatives and for Bruckner fans in general even more so.That's why I have labelled this box superfluous at face value, without even hearing it. I don't see the added value of this release, This of course doesn't mean others cannot truly come to enjoy it

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    This is now the third set of Beethoven quartets issued in the Masters series, following the Tokyo and Budpest (stereo) set. The Guarneri set is fine, but the Beethoven quartet discography has become a lot more crowded in the last 50 years, so I don't think that this one is competitive, even at budget price (I think the same of the Budapest stereo set).
    But the Budapest mono set is still well worth having in any collection.

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