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EMI HMV / Testament - ASD 493 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Limited Edition
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Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes,cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production
BRUCKNER Symphony No.9 in D minor
Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 was written between 1893-1896 and was to be his last, the final movement remaining unfinished at point of his death in 1896. Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony is both unique and complex in style presenting the listener with many different patterns and themes, traits that can be found in nearly all of Bruckner’s Symphonies. Monumental in its form and design, a vast orchestral canvas and soundscape providing fertile ground for experimentation and harmonic counterpoint. It ranks as one of the most innovative symphonies to be composed in the 19th Century.
There is a natural synergy with Carl Schuricht conducting The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner's 9th. Schuricht brings energy and urgency, brooding and intense in the delivery, a performance of pure conviction with natural understanding of the composition. With this performance of Bruckner's 9th (along with Bruckner's 8th) it is obvious to see why Carl Schuricht is now considered on of the greatest conductors of the 20th Century.
During his long career Carl Schuricht (1880-1967) made a fair number of commercial recordings; but he never was given consistent opportunities by any one record company, and in his lifetime he did not enjoy the reputation that should have been his. The fact that so many of his live performances have been issued in recent years confirms his present status as one of the finest representatives on record of the old Austro-German romantic school of conducting. That style was particularly suited to the music of Bruckner, and Schuricht made three notable recordings of Bruckner symphonies towards the end of his life for HMB.
In each case the orchestra was the Vienna Philharmonic, a body whose tradition in playing the Austrian composer's symphonies goes back to the time of the first performances. The first of these three recordings, dating from December 1961, was of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, his last and in fact unfinished work in this form, which yet ends satisfyingly with a long, magnificently eloquent slow movement. This is a particularly fine example of earlier EMI stereo recording, and the VPO's inimitable sonority and depth of tone are beautifully captured in a suitably warm acoustic. The conductor's interpretation has all the wisdom and experience of old age (81 years), but Schuricht also shows remarkable vitality in his conducting. Testament's new 180-gram pressings have been carefully cut so as to preserve all the beauty and bloom of the original recording.
Lacquers cut at Abbey Road Studios
Cut from original master tapes
100% Analogue - Cut using full analogue techniques throughout production
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Carl Schuricht conductor
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN C MINOR
1st Movement: Feierlich, Misterioso
2nd Movement: Scherzo & Trio
3rd Movement: Adagio