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Bruckner: Symphony No. 00 - Innig

Bruckner: Symphony No. 00 - Innig

MDG Gold  917 2174

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Bruckner: Symphony No. 00, Overture in G minor, 3 Pieces, March

Rudolf Innig, Goll organ of Marktkirche Hannover

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Comment by John Proffitt - Yesterday 08:52 am (1 of 1)

Am eagerly awaiting my copy of this from Presto.

In the meantime, a comment on the HR Audio presentation of this new release. The album cover correctly describes the "Symphony in F Minor" by Bruckner, his very first -- and by Bruckner unnumbered -- symphony. And it's his only symphony in the key of F, so no further identification is needed to avoid confusion with his other ten symphonies. The use of the "00" description was a marketing ploy by the French label Le Chant du Monde upon their CD release of that symphony, and Bruckner's Symphony in D-Minor 1869, coupled in a set conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Unfortunately, that "00" misnomer has been copied in some of the later recordings, still comparatively rare, of this symphony.

"00" has no authenticity from Bruckner and should be eschewed in favor of the straightforward "Symphony in F-Minor".

The similar "0" numbering of his Symphony in D-Minor 1869, nicknamed "Die Nullte" after the fact, and not by Bruckner, stems from a misreading of the symphony's manuscript title page. This work, in actuality the third symphony composed by Bruckner, was originally "Nr. 2" as can be seen on the composer's handwritten title page. At that time, his sequence of composed symphonies was Symphony in F-Minor 1863; then Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor 1866; and then Symphony [Nr. 2] in D-Minor 1869. As work progressed on his next (fourth chronologically) Symphony in C-Minor in the years 1870-1871, he revisited the score of his previous work and deleted it from his official numbered sequence by scratching thru "Nr. 2" on the cover page and writing "annulliert" ["nullified"] under that. From that action, the nickname "Die Nullte" was applied by later editors. And as we know, Bruckner took the "Nr. 2" designation and gave it to the new Symphony in C-Minor 1872, his "official" number 2.

Bruckner did not discard the scores of either the F-Minor or the D-Minor 1869 symphonies. Both were retained in his music library throughout his life, even though thru several moves he is known to have thrown out music he no longer considered valid. So it is entirely correct to speak of Bruckner's *Complete* Symphonies as being in fact Eleven Symphonies. And that is the title of the new book from Prof. William Carragan and published by the Bruckner Society of America.