Bruckner: Symphonies 1-9 - Ozawa, Järvi, Blomstedt, Haitink, Jansons, Thielemann, Mehta, Rattle

Bruckner: Symphonies 1-9 - Ozawa, Järvi, Blomstedt, Haitink, Jansons, Thielemann, Mehta, Rattle

Berliner Philharmoniker  ? (9 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Bruckner: 9 Symphonies

Berliner Philharmoniker
Seiji Ozawa (1, Linz 1865/66)
Paavo Järvi (2, 1877)
Herbert Blomstedt (3, 1873)
Bernard Haitink (4, 1878/80; 5)
Mariss Jansons (6)
Christian Thielemann (7, 1885)
Zubin Mehta (8, 1890)
Sir Simon Rattle (9, completed Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca)

Anton Bruckner is a composer with an unmistakable musical language: darkly glowing, overwhelmingly beautiful, but also energetic and innovative. For the Berliner Philharmoniker, this music has been part of their artistic identity for over a hundred years. The orchestra now presents Bruckner’s symphonies in an exclusive edition, recorded over the last ten years together with some of the foremost Bruckner interpreters of our time.

Bruckner’s symphonies are a universe of immeasurable tonal, expressive, and metaphysical dimensions. It is precisely the changing perspectives of different conductors that make it possible to explore this diverse wealth. The edition is moreover a document of a successful artistic collaboration with highly esteemed partners of many years’ standing: Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann and Simon Rattle. The high-quality hardcover edition presents the recordings on nine SACDs. The extensive booklet contains an essay by the renowned musicologist Richard Taruskin plus portraits of the conductors, introductions to the individual symphonies and numerous photos.

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Comments (7)

Comment by SACD-MAN (threerandot) - October 19, 2021 (1 of 7)

I have recently ordered the bluray box, mostly for the videos of each symphony and I also ordered the sacd edition, which comes at a very good price on presto. Looking forward to this as I can't seem to get enough Bruckner.

Comment by PaulSARenaud - October 30, 2021 (2 of 7)

I own the original box with CD's and blu ray's. The audio in the box is max 24/48. Are the SACD an improvement over the blu rays. Must be, if the source tape was at least 24/192. But the tapes of the recording also may have been 24/48. In that case the SACD will not add any improvement

Comment by DYB - November 3, 2021 (3 of 7)

The booklet of the digital download does not say what the recording sample rates were for any of the symphonies.

Comment by AOS - November 9, 2021 (4 of 7)

All recordings made by the DCH are in 24/48. If the source is the same you will not hear any differences between a Bluray and a SACD. An you will also not hear a difference between recordings made at 24/48 and 24/96 or higher. Call it marketing. All the other factors have a lot more influence than the recording standard: room/hall, microphones, positioning and number of the microphones and the knowledge of the engineer regarding the mixing process.

Comment by PaulSARenaud - November 9, 2021 (5 of 7)

No all DCH recordings are 24/48. For instance the Schumann box was 24/192. The Mahler box was 24/96. So still: what was the native recording of the Bruckner?

Comment by Don_Angelo - February 13, 2022 (6 of 7)

I was wondering if I should be ordering this SACD set considering I already own the blu-ray incarnation for this. Has anyone been able to do a comparision ?

Comment by Ray Latham - February 23, 2022 (7 of 7)

Well said AOS. When BIS recorded their cycle of the Holmboe symphonies, they used Fostex D-20 DAT recorders. But the acoustic of the venue, Musikhuset Aarhus in Denmark, was so good and the microphone placing and mixing so expert that these early 1990s RBCD still sound wonderfully lifelike and dynamic today on a decent system (stereo only of course).