National Theater Orchestra of Mannheim, Friedemann Layer - Conductor | Anton Bruckner 9. Symphony in D-Minor

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Anton Bruckner 9. Symphony in D-Minor

by National Theater Orchestra of Mannheim, Friedemann Layer - Conductor

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1. Feierlich. Misterioso
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2. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft / Trio.Schnell
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3. Adagio: Langsam, feierlich
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4. Finale
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John Proffitt

A fine Bruckner Ninth, the way it should be heard: in four movements!
The Mannheim Theater Orchestra of Germany is primarily an opera orchestra, but in this live concert recording is heard in one of the great masterpieces of the late Austrian/German Romantic tradition, the Symphony No. 9 in d minor by Anton Bruckner. What sets this performance and recording apart from most is that Maestro Layer brings us the traditional 3 movements usually heard, PLUS the 4th movement Finale which remained an incomplete torso at Bruckner's death in 1896. This version of the Finale torso has been "completed" by the Samale, Mazucca, Philips and Cohrs team of musicologists and (to my ears) makes a very effective ending to the Symphony.

It is important to bear in mind that Bruckner worked on the Ninth's 4th movement literally up to his dying day, and most of the music -- about 2/3 of the score -- survives in his manuscript. It's pretty impressive stuff and should not be missed by anyone who appreciates this composer's music.

Final comment: There are two main Performing Versions of the Ninth Finale, this one by the SMPC team, and another fine version by the American musicologist William Carragan. To the casual listener, the main differences will be noticed in the last 1/3 of the movement, most of which is "educated guess" creation of the editors based on sketchy ideas from Bruckner. However, the first 2/3 is pretty much the same in both versions, since it's pretty much 100% top-drawer, and magnificent, Bruckner!