CD Bruckner: Sym. 9, Muti/CSO

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Discs 1
Record Label CSO Resound
Release Date 2017
Recording Year 2016

The New York Times - The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a compelling performance of Bruckner’s formidable Ninth Symphony. Left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death in 1896, the immense work unfolds with stirring climaxes, daring chromaticism and harmonic richness. It is perfectly executed by the CSO, long-admired for its Bruckner interpretations. The Orchestra also holds the distinction of presenting the American premiere of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in 1904. Muti brings remarkable lyricism to this dramatic work in a performance that embodies the exceptional synergy between the distinguished maestro and the CSO.

“[Muti] distills an impressive degree of power, grandeur and lyrical expansion from the score, along with a thoughtful regard for beauty of texture and resilience of contour. The orchestra plays magnificently for its chief, bringing out the mystery of the first and last movements.” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune)

“Muti, with an orchestra that is invariably sublime, shaped the meandering work with total conviction—from the opening sound of horns and the hum of strings, through richly lyrical sections, to sudden storms and then to sudden bits of quiet.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Nobility, lyrical feeling and dramatic thrust are keys to Muti’s approach to the Bruckner symphonies…like a quiet and controlled church ritual that suddenly bursts forth in powerful glory.” (Chicago Tribune)

Track Listing:

Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 9 in D minor

1. Feierlich, misterioso
2. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft
3. Adagio: Langsam, feierlich

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)