Following his critically acclaimed Beethoven symphony cycle, Grammy Award®-winning conductor Paavo Järvi presents the first two installments of his Bruckner symphony cycle. Järvi leads the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, whose strong association with Bruckner was cemented with their recordings of his original scores in the 1980s. The new Super Audio CD recordings of Bruckner Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 9 are both available on April 20, 2010.
“I love Bruckner,” says Järvi about his decision to make these recordings. “I have an affinity for his music. Every symphony is absolutely unique…long journeys that take very careful planning and pacing. You can lose yourself in this music. It can take you some place very special.”
The first to receive unequivocal admiration for Bruckner as a great composer, Symphony No. 7 in E Major was also the most beloved with audiences of the time and remains popular today. Geoff Brown of the Times writes, “A tingle is summoned right at the start, and it continues throughout this first installment of Järvi’s Bruckner cycle. Järvi shades dynamics very sensitively and firmly grips the epic structure.”
Bruckner famously did not succeed in finishing his Symphony No. 9. Although he did compose the whole of the fourth movement, he did not complete its orchestration. After his death, parts of the movement were lost. This recording is based on the critical new edition compiled by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs in 2000 as part of his complete works of Bruckner.