Simon Rattle's new
Bruckner 9 -
'... polished and vigorous performances ...'
In the 1890s when Bruckner was composing his ninth and last symphony, he was neither physically nor psychologically in good shape. But this situation did not deter him from reaching higher goals; indeed, at this time he was writing transcendent music in a language and voice that was more extreme and revolutionary than he had ever composed before: very dissonant, and often stark and despairing. Unfortunately, on the day of his death on 11 October 1896, this symphony was left without a completed finale, and, as has been the practice for almost a century, every performance or recording of the work ends with the Adagio (the third movement), the last piece of original Bruckner that we have inherited.Contrary to popular belief, we have in our hands a full emerging score complete almost to the end...
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