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  Bruckner: Symphonies in F minor "Studiensinfonie" & D minor "Annulierte" - Bosch
  Bruckner: Symphonies in F minor "Studiensinfonie" & D minor "Annulierte"

sinfonieorchester Aachen
Marcus Bosch
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by JohnProffitt November 25, 2013 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Truly an excellent conclusion to the Marcus Bosch/Aachen Symphony SACD cycle of all 11 Bruckner symphonies. In order of composition, the F Minor was Bruckner's literal first symphony, which he classified as a student work and did not include in his own numbered sequence. The D Minor was his actual third symphony, coming after the official No. 1 and just before the official No. 2, and for various reasons not fully understood by scholars was "nullified" on its manuscript cover page by the composer quite late in life. It is notable that Bruckner did not destroy either work. Truth be told, both are very much deserving of performance and a number of RBCD performances exist of both. Bosch is the first MCH SACD of the F Minor and is terrific in all aspects, joining my previous favorite, Skrowaczewski, at the top of the list. This "Study Symphony," written in the early 1860s when Bruckner was studying orchestration with Otto Kitzler, would be part of the Mendelssohn or Robert Schumann symphonic canon if either of their names were attached to it -- it is that good! Although it doesn't sound much like the familiar Bruckner of the later symphonies, it is tuneful, delightful and a joy to hear in a fine recording like Bosch's.

The D Minor Symphony is a mystery to me, and to many lovers of Bruckner's music: a mystery as to why he would set it aside from the canonic nine symphonies....but not destroy it, even late in life. It is a masterpiece in its own right, containing many of the hallmarks of the familiar Bruckner....and compared to the later symphonies, it's relatively short, coming in at 41 minutes in the Bosch interpretation. A complete success, also, in Bosch's capable hands. There are several MCH SACDs of the D Minor, the recent Simone Young/Hamburg Philharmonic being the most recent. Young is a somewhat heavier interpretation, but nevertheless excellently performed and recorded and got my highest recommendation when it came out. Now the Bosch joins her this particular summit.

The Bosch cycle posseses a superb consistency of MCH sound, all performed in St Michael's Church, Aachen, and the Covielo engineers capture an ideal balance between the "cathedral" ambience and orchestral clarity. The MCH is very immersive: clearly a large church! And the Aacheners acquit themselves splendidly. For these two symphonies, therefore, I offer the highest recommendation.

As an 11-symphony integral set, Bosch shares that honor with Skrowaczewski (Oehms Classics) and Inbal (Warner), but as mentioned above, his is the first and only MCH SACD set with all 11 symphonies.

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Works: 2  

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 0 in D minor, WAB 100 "Die Nullte"
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 00 in F minor, WAB 99 "Study Symphony"