Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Definitive Bruckner Third by Solti

This is a symphony dedicated to Wagner. It is written with the vision of Beethoven and the passion of Wagner. Bruckner admired Wagner so much that when he came to writing down the themes for this D Minor Symphony at Bad Kreuzen, he subconsciously filtered quotations from Die Walkure and Tristan und Isolde that he used to hum while taking his walks in the countryside or while taking the salt water baths at the spa. When the third symphony was first performed, it was not so well received as there were many people in the audience who wanted music that was Brahmsian and not Wagnerian. Today, this symphony has become a regular part of the repertoire of Romantic Music. Solti has played this with bravado both with the Bavarian Radio and the Chicago Symphony. The other readings that I like of this symphony are by Volkmar Andreae and Wiener Symphonie and Carl Schuricht and the Wiener Philharmoniker.

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