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Diving into the Deep End

Lance Friedel conducts
Bruckner's Fifth -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'The final perorations are resplendent ...'

Bruckner: Symphony No 5 - LSO / Lance Friedel. © 2015 MSR Classics

The Fifth is one of Bruckner's more intricate and ambitious symphonies, not least because of the extended fugue that occupies a big chunk of the Finale. By choosing this daunting score for his first recorded Bruckner, Lance Friedel is, effectively, diving into the deep end of the musical pool: he could as easily have opted for the user-friendly if overexposed Seventh, or the still-underrated and -underplayed Second. Still, the choice suggests a willingness to take risks, which is hardly bad; and Friedel rises to at least some of the score's challenges with aplomb.

The start is a bit clumsy: the sustained strings, entering in turn over the walking pizzicatos, 'speak' late, as can happen with conductors who were pianists...

Copyright © 17 October 2016 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO 5: LSO / LANCE FRIEDEL

ANTON BRUCKNER

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MSR CLASSICS

AUSTRIA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

LONDON

ENGLAND

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