Bruckner: Symphonie no.2

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‘...there are times in the finale where the music takes flight in a way that I’ve virtually never heard in an orchestral performance...’

‘...Payne creates a beautiful pinpoint effect that illuminates Bruckner’s argument and makes it seem even more productively spacious.’
The Sunday Times

‘This is gripping stuff. The feeling of bigness is still there, but there's now a light translucence to the music.’
Herald Scotland

‘The textures of the symphony are endlessly fascinating... the performance has both depth and beauty’
Hi-fi News, June 2014

‘A Bruckner symphony arranged for chamber orchestra? That really shouldn’t work—but it does, and it’s a spectacular success. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, principal of the Royal Academy of Music, is the brains behind the project, and top honors go to him for his astute choice of symphony and even more astute choice of arranger, the composer Anthony Payne. Add to that the arrangement itself, which is a triumph of clarity and timbral focus, an interpretation from Trevor Pinnock, who shows himself to be an insightful Brucknerian (who knew?), orchestral playing from students who need fear no comparisons with the finest professionals, and exceptional SACD audio, and the result is an unqualified success on every count.’

Total Time: 65:39

Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble conducted by Trevor Pinnock

Anton Bruckner Symphonie no.2 in C minor
New chamber arrangement by Anthony Payne

Johann Strauss II Wein, Weib und Gesang, Opus 333
Arranged by Alban Berg

A sample track appears here: you can listen to the complete recording at Linn Records.

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