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Stephen D Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, May 2012

…this is lovely recording. Young has a natural affinity for Bruckner’s blocks of sound and no inhibition in building a movement with propulsive forward movement in the energetic passages and relaxing into the lyrical ones.

The second movement is an adagio, beautifully played and recorded here. You can hear the crisp articulation of the horns and the bite of the bows on the low strings in the opening. The violins speak in a sweet sound in response. Young is able to turn what would in some other performances be string noodling between episodes into compelling dialog. The scherzo is fierce and lively—an Austrian dance not so far removed from a Dvorak Furiant, with exciting chromatics. The finale is sharp and aggressive. Young’s balances—winds forward, strong brass…she never lets the music get harsh or monotonic. She builds a nice momentum and sweep up to the coda. Bruckner’s ending—sudden in the best performances, a lurch in the less-than-best—is well prepared here.

…this is a recording that makes a strong case for a neglected symphony. Young is a natural Bruckner conductor, and I look forward to more of his music from her. The orchestra…sounds perfect here, with especially good soloists on horn, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, March 2012

the delineation of the lines and the concrete and well-balanced orchestral body, coupled with Young’s evident love of the music as demonstrated by the vigorous and lively tonal qualities more than make up for any lack of presence in one section.

This moves to the top of my Bruckner 1 list—a short one to be sure, but important nonetheless. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Norman Lebrecht
La Scena Musicale, November 2011

I was gripped by the energy and conviction of Simone Young’s First Symphony with the Hamburg Philharmonic. The musicians give it all they’ve got, a little thin at the top of the strings but deeply satisfying in the adagio.

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