Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
November 2010
BIS

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 2

Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra record Anton Bruckner’s Second Symphony – a work that is often regarded as the epitome of Romantic grandeur.

Tracklisting

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1877 version)
1. I. Moderato 19:36
2. II. Andante. Feierlich, etwas bewegt 16:46
3. III. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell 6:50
4. IV. Finale. Mehr schnell 18:24

Reviews

“This account is excellent – perfectly paced and balanced – and the smallish orchestra is all to the good in making Bruckner’s stark originality clear. But it would be unfair to regard the work itself, or this fresh account of it, as primarily to be listened to for instruction. The Second is a lovable and absorbing work, to be treasured for itself.” – BBC Music Magazine, *****

“A Bruckner symphony played by a chamber orchestra?…Bruckner’s lyrical moments achieve a wonderful intimacy, while his quirky structures and changing textures knit together in a manner hard to duplicate with big forces. Dausgaard’s players, horns especially, revel in the spotlight. Refreshing.” – The Times (London) ****

“Bruckner played by a chamber orchestra?…Yet when played with the transparency, flexibility and individual character of these admired Swedish musicians, the results are exhilarating…If you have an obstinate resistance to Brucknerian weightiness, this recording offers a fresh, totally unturgid approach.” – The Observer

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