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|Anton Bruckner, Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra|
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 - Sir Colin Davis / London Symphony Orchestra
Of all Anton Bruckner's symphonies, the Sixth is his most original. Its contrasting moods, and overarching theme moving from darkness to light, bring music that can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating... more »
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Of all Anton Bruckner's symphonies, the Sixth is his most original. Its contrasting moods, and overarching theme moving from darkness to light, bring music that can be haunting one moment and ecstatic the next, culminating in one of the most enigmatic symphonic endings of the 19th century.
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John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 01/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wouldn't recommend this CD to anyone looking for a primary recommendation since the finest recordings were made by Eugen Jochum and Herbert von Karajan; these are still available on the EMI and Deustche Grammophon labels. Still this recording deserves some attention since it is the best recently recorded performance I have heard so far. The London Symphony Orchestra is in fine form, with exceptional playing from the brass, woodwinds and strings. It is yet another splendid example of Sir Colin Davis's great musical partnership with this orchestra; one that will be remembered well. However, as a Bruckner interpreter, his conducting can be described best as either plodding or indifferent, in stark contrast to the clarity of vision and emotional impact brought to bear by Jochum and Karajan. Both conductors had a great affinity for Bruckner's music and were vigorous advocates in its behalf during the 1960's and 1970's. Regrettably, the same can not be said for Sir Colin Davis's interpretations, judging from this recording and his recording of the Bruckner 9th Symphony, also with the London Symphony Orchestra."
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James Alan Ciammetti | Oak Lawn, Illinois, Earth | 07/06/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Purchase this CD and give it a listen. Purchase five or six more copies, and with a couple wire coat hangers and some fishing line, you can fashion yourself a dandy spinning mobile. Shiny enough to entertain toddlers, or to frighten unwanted pests from your garden, this mobile may be finest 'green' alternative to relistening to the CD without just tossing it in the trash.
Unfortunately, this recording is not particularly insightful or inspiring, not a suitable first choice for a new listener to Bruckner, and definitely not a replacement for a favorite recording by a seasoned listener.
Many times when attending a fine concert, I think, "That was really quite a performance, I hope it will be rebroadcast on radio, or released on CD." I wonder if the attendees of this concert were thinking something similar. Mmmmmmmmm.........probably not."
An oddball Bruckner Sixth from Davis
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 07/21/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In the U.K., hwere to show even modified rapture for the work of Colin Davis is the equivalent in shame as betraying the Official Secrets Act, this live Bruckner Sixth with the LSO got good reviews. But even the most sanguine critics had to admit that Sir Colin's take was odd. He tones down the great brass epiphanies, keeps the temperature low throughout, and favors tempos relzed to the point of lethargy in the Scherzo. Ther are many problems in the enigmatic Sixth that even the most seasoned Brucknerians find hard to crack. Davis simply ignores them, moving form point A to B as if ntohing is amiss. To my earws there is a lot amiss. Unless you ae a die-hard fan of the LSO or Davis, this one's a miss."