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Bruckner Symphony No. 5


Disc One:

Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major
1. I. Adagio; Allegro [18:58]
2. II. Adagio [16:00]
3. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace [12:36]
4. IV. Finale: Adagio; moderato [21:01]

Disc Two:

1-5 Benjamin Zander discusses Bruckner's Symphony No. 5


"Benjamin Zander, on a second, accompanying, disc devoted to a characteristically lucid, passionate analysis of the work, is an eloquent advocate of its transcendent compositional and spiritual qualities, and the performance, with the Philharmonia on effulgent form, matches it in clarity and conviction."
"Zander creates a remarkable narrative and complements it with a performance of great lucidity and drive." Read the Review (pdf)
"...the special feature of this new recording on Telarc from Benjamin Zander and the Philharmonia Orchestra is the additional disc, on which the conductor gives a lucid and eloquent introduction to the symphony, replete with music examples. This has a thoughtfully contrived balance between analysis and biographical context, and interestingly it also involves some family history, telling the tale of his fatherís love of Bruckner through the dark years of the First World Way, when Zander senior served in the Austrian army on the Russian front. This was at a time when the original edition of the symphony, as played here, was not available... the helpful acoustic of the Watford Coliseum makes the Philharmonia Orchestra sound well as a corporate unit... Zander adopts tempi that always seem appropriate, with a sensitive flexibility that brings an ebb and flow to the symphonic is hugely satisfying and full of interest, and worth acquiring for the bonus disc that offers so many insights into the workings of this great symphony."
"... the bonus CD accompanying Benjamin Zander's splendid recording Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (Telarc) is a winner. Charming and earnest, Zander calls the massive piece of music "a vast and serious journey" and explains how to hear it as "a cathedral in sound." The album's additional mini-poster helps you follow Zander's hypothesis and defangs terms such as "recapitulation" and "scherzo." Renowned for his sumptuous Mahler recordings, Zander is an engaging guide who fulfills the mission of the bonus disc: to help you listen in a new way."


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