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Bruckner: Symphony no 2 / Eschenbach, Houston Symphony
Anton Bruckner, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Bruckner: Symphony no 2 / Eschenbach, Houston Symphony
Genre: Classical
 
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Most Brucknerians would not claim that Bruckner's Second Symphony is one of his masterpieces. Eschenbach, however, conducts it as though it were one of his favorites. He keeps the sometimes discursive first movement in mot...  more »

      
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All Artists: Anton Bruckner, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Title: Bruckner: Symphony no 2 / Eschenbach, Houston Symphony
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Label: Koch Int'l Classics
Release Date: 11/19/1996
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 099923739128

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Most Brucknerians would not claim that Bruckner's Second Symphony is one of his masterpieces. Eschenbach, however, conducts it as though it were one of his favorites. He keeps the sometimes discursive first movement in motion without hurrying, sings the Adagio very affectingly, emphasizes propulsive rhythms in the Scherzo, and, in the finale, does the same thing that he did in the first movement, keeping it alive. The Houston Symphony plays like a great Bruckner orchestra, with depth of tone and wide dynamic range, and the live performance recording sounds really first-rate. The printed timing for the finale is way off; it's 19:55, not 10:30. Other than that minor mistake, this is really a flawless release. --Leslie Gerber
 

CD Reviews

Stunning Bruckner from Houston
C.D. Wexler | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Eschebach and the Houston Symphony give us a performance that is simply stunning. The orchestra plays like the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan. The work itself may not be Bruckner's greatest, but it is very enjoyable and shows the linkage to Schubert's glorious 9th symphony. This is a recording not to be missed."