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Reviews: Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - Haitink

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Review by Luukas April 22, 2014 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Bernard Haitink's previous Bruckner recording on LSO Live (Symphony No. 4) was outstanding: recording quality is terrific and London Symphony Orchestra played magnificent. But now, the 85 years old maestro leads London Symphony Orchestra in great mysterious adventure in this new recording of Bruckner's last, unfinished work, Symphony No. 9.
Haitink is excellent Bruckner conductor: he conducts this music as he breaths it. The long, massive first movement sounds very good; Rattle's tempi are faster (Emi Classics) but Haitink's understands Bruckner's last feelings, and he conducts very emotionally. The demonic second movement is stunning: orchestra's hitting D rhythms sounds frightening and fast trio (in F sharp major) sounds also excellent. And, the last slow farewell movement is very touching and brass' quiet E major chord tells that the end is near.
By the way, wonderful performance and outstanding recording too. Orchestra's tone is natural and deep, and Barbican sounds very good concert hall (at last). :) Buy this, I like this very much. I have many LSO Live SACDs and this isn't disappointing. Great disc!

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