BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Herbert Bloomstedt, cond.
QUERSTAND SACD 1214 TT: 62:02
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BRUCKNER: Symnphony No. 5 in B flat
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Herbert Bloomstedt, cond.
QUERSTAND SACD 931 TT: 73:46
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BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Herbert Bloomstedt, cond.
QUERSTAND SACD 0604 (2 disks) TT: 84:05
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Querstand has now issued all of Herbert Bloomstedt's live concert recordings with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra of all symphonies of Anton Bruckner; only three are listed above. Bloomstedt's distinguished career included leading this famous orchestra from 1998-2005, returning to conduct them a number of times after his retirement. Symphonies listed above were recorded July 2005 (No. 8), November 2006 (No. 2) and May 2010 (No 5).This is a memorable set of this music, not only as performances, but as cost to the consumer—without question the most expensive. These have a list price of about $22 per disk. The SACD sound is excellent throughout, but as yet these are not released in a complete set at reduced price and it is unlikely when and if they will be. If you insist on SACD, this is your only current choice for all nine, although there are SACD issues of some of the symphonies (see SACD INDEX). And do not overlook the many DVDs available, including memorable performances conducted by Claudio Abbado,Günter Wand, Christian Thielemann, Herbert von Karajan, Sergiu Celibidache and many others (see DVD VIDEO RIEWS). Most, but not all, of these are in surround sound.

And collectors surely should know about the plethora of Bruckner recordings available on regular CD including the Deccaset conducted by Riccardo Chailly with the Royal Concertgebouw and Berlin orchestras (which also contains the "Nulte" symphony and Overture in G minor), Eugen Jochum's DGG set with Berlin/Bavarian orchestras and the same conductor's EMI set with the Dresden Philharmonic. Other recordings that are incredible bargains Sir Georg Solti's Chicago Symphony on Decca, RCA's with Günter Wand and his Cologne Orchestra, and the recording many Bruckner fans love the most, Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic on DGG. And most of these complete multi-disk sets are available at budget price usually costing less than just two of the new Bloomstedt issues.

R.E.B. (February 20130)

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