Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9 - Haitink

Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9 - Haitink

Decca Classics  4834660


Classical - Orchestral

Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9, Te Deum

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Anna Reynolds (contralto)
Horst Hoffmann (tenor)
Guus Hoekman (bass)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Bruckner's scores, so demanding of stamina, concentration and discipline, offered ideal material for the serious music-making cultivated by Haitink and his Concertgebouw colleagues. The clarity of the conductor s interpretation, matched by the hypnotic focus, dynamic breadth and sheer beauty of the orchestral playing, set the standard for subsequent recordings of Bruckner whilst continuing a living tradition of Bruckner playing in Amsterdam.

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Analogue recording

Recorded in October 1963 (No. 3); in May 1965 (No. 4); in December 1965 (No. 9); July 1966 (No. 0); in November 1966 (No. 7); in May 1969 (No. 2); September 1969 (No. 8); in December 1970 (No. 6); in December 1971 (No. 5); in May 1972 (No. 1)

Produced by Jaap van Ginneken
Comments (11)

Comment by Contrapunctus - February 22, 2019 (1 of 11)

This set will also be available as 24/96 download. Downside: more expensive than the physical release.

Comment by SACD-MAN (threerandot) - February 23, 2019 (2 of 11)

I always prefer the physical release myself.

Comment by Aastroem - February 28, 2019 (3 of 11)

If Presto is to be trusted this set does not include the later recordings of 7, 8 and 9. What a huge mistake not to include them as they are better than te earlier ones.

Comment by Contrapunctus - March 1, 2019 (4 of 11)

Aastroem, I agree with you regarding the later (end 70's-early 80's Recordings) of No. 7-9. I hesitate a bit buying the whole set (as download, because I'm not in the 'Blu-Ray-fraction') after listening to an excerpt which was already available on qobuz a bit earlier (3rd movement of No.3). To make it short: my expectations were not fullfilled. I was quite disappointed of the sound. Compared with the old RBCD copies it's now a bit more smooth and rounded, but nothing special or even revealing. I'm still missing a bit more of clarity and transparency. Looking at the quite costly Downloads I'll probably stay to my old RBCD copies.
It would be very interesting to hear other comments on this new set (especially if comparing with old RBCD sound).

Comment by Aastroem - March 2, 2019 (5 of 11)

I asked Universal why 7, 8 and 9 is not included and the answer I got was that since 8 and 9 are digital recordings they are not suitable for a 24bit 96kHz remastering. I think they shpuld be included anyway. About the analogue no 7 they were to check it out. I bought these recordings when they were first released on vinyl and have since bought them on CD a couple of times. Will I invest in this set? Nope. If the Blu-ray Audio was a separate disc, yes, but not all those CDs again.

Comment by Aastroem - March 10, 2019 (6 of 11)

Next on Blu-ray Audio is Pierre Fournier's six suites by Bach.

Comment by Contrapunctus - March 10, 2019 (7 of 11)

I'm quite disappointed with this new edition (I've bought the HR download in 24/96). The sonical improvement is in my opinion only marginal. There's no benefit in terms of clarity, transparency, depth or more naturalness. It seems a bit that the RBCD copies have been upsampled to 24bit/96kHz. I'm convinced that the old master tapes have more say than Abbey Road Studios have shown us with their recent remastering.

Comment by hiredfox - March 12, 2019 (8 of 11)

Please be aware that some of the vinyl LPs from this series were recorded digitally in the late 1970's / early 1980's and as such may have been of only 14 bit depth PCM on tape. Analogue tapes may or may not have been made in parallel but probably we have no way of knowing this. Abbey Road have been very conservative in their choice of re-mastering options in the past. Your report of disappointing SQ is not to be unexpected.

Comment by Aastroem - March 22, 2019 (9 of 11)

Hiredfox, The Bruckner symphony series was analogue from beginning to end. Haitink later recorded 7, 8 and 9 and the last two were digital, but they were not part of the original series and are not included here or in any earlier CD releases of the cycle.

Comment by hiredfox - March 22, 2019 (10 of 11)

Thanks for shedding further light on these transfers.

Comment by Aastroem - April 6, 2019 (11 of 11)

Next up is the Bruckner symphonies with Karajan and BPO. The download says symphonies 4-9 but the CDs and the Blu-ray says complete symphonies. Nos 1-3 were digital recordings and the rest were analogue.