Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

Mariss Jansons conducts Bruckner Symphonies

CD: Mariss Jansons – Anton Bruckner © BR-KLASSIK Label

The newly presented box set from BR-KLASSIK contains recordings of the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th symphonies on a total of six CDs. They were recorded live between 2005 and 2017. The recording of the Sixth Symphony appears here on CD for the first time, and that of the Third Symphony has so far only been available as part of the Bruckner Box 900716.

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Bruckner’s symphonies form the backbone of Late Romantic symphonic music. To a certain extent, Bruckner reinvented the symphony – something that not even Liszt or Wagner had dared to do in the wake of the groundbreaking masterpieces of Beethoven, which until then had been considered the culmination and conclusion of the genre. It was Bruckner and, somewhat later, Brahms who sought and found new methods of reviving the symphonic genre and developing it further. In this regard, Bruckner’s approach was entirely new. From the outset, he relied on the sound of the large orchestra and, rather than mixing the individual groups of instruments, he tended to either separate them from each other or couple them together like organ registers (with which, as an organist, he was very familiar).

Terraced dynamics, that is, the immediate juxtaposition of piano and forte without transition, was also something Bruckner derived from organ music. As a church musician, he had close contact with these and other elements of Baroque music, and they flowed into his symphonies. As far as dramaturgical development was concerned, he tended to favour Schubert; indeed, it was the organic continuation and alternating interconnection of themes Bruckner had learned from Schubert that also explains the unprecedented performance length of his symphonies.

Anton Bruckner’s symphonies were a constant part of the repertoire for Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The existing recordings – almost all the great Bruckner symphonies – are important documents of Jansons’ deep understanding of the works, and the high musical quality of the recordings also testifies to the long Bruckner tradition at the BRSO. Jansons followed Bruckner’s notes and markings with painstaking precision, and listening to a recording with the score reveals again and again how closely the conductor studied these works with the musicians of his orchestra.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Mariss Jansons

Product number: 900718
6 CDs in flap box

  • Bruckner’s 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Symphonies on a total of six CDs
  • The most important Bruckner symphonies, recorded live between 2005 and 2017
  • All the Bruckner symphonies rehearsed and conducted by Mariss Jansons and his Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • First ever CD release of the Sixth Symphony (recorded in January 2015)