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Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, March 2020

…This is a major addition to the Bruckner discography – interpretively vital, beautifully played by the renowned orchestra. The multi-channel audio is first-rate, and video incoudes the many expected close-ups of important orchestral solos. © 2020 Classical CD Reviews Read complete review



Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, December 2019

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (NTSC) 730508
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 730604

Thielemann conducts from memory throughout, directing the orchestra with his usual serious expression… It’s not the most involving performance, however, until the last movement, which commences with a blaze of energy significantly beyond anything heard earlier in the symphony.

The video direction by Alexander Radulescu maintains a judicious balance between conductor and orchestra, with well-timed close-ups of individual players. There are also occasional distance shots showing the orchestra in the wider setting of the Elbphilharmonie. The Blu-ray disc I watched maintains the exemplary video and audio quality of the cycle as a whole. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, November 2019

Conducting by heart, Thielemann, has a sure instinct for when he has to give instructions and when he can let the musicians realize their own ideas at the desks. The result is an interpretation that is tight in tempo but not rushed, well managed between crescendos, climaxes and fine chamber music moments. This should be considered from now on at least as one of the most important recordings of the Second in the catalogue. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, November 2019

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (NTSC) 730508
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 730604

On this new CD, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2 is performed wonderfully by the Staatskapelle Dresden, completing their critically acclaimed Bruckner cycle with a concert at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

The music critics praised how lucent and with how much musical intensity Thielemann conducted this symphony in the acoustics of this hall—an exceptional positive example for subsequent conductors and orchestras.

Christian Thielemann has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since the 2012/2013 season. © 2019 My Classical Notes



Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, November 2019

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (NTSC) 730508
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 730604

Christian Thielemann’s Bruckner symphony series, filmed at live performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden, continues with Symphony Number 2. Thielemann has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2012, and theirs is a rare alliance among musicians who have devotedly served Bruckner’s music in recent years.

The performance is excellent throughout, consistent with others in the series. 

The finale is a fine example of Thielemann’s sense of Bruckner’s processes, and his feeling for pulse, even when the music becomes very slow.

I am sure Herr Thielemann, whose work is splendid here, would not deny that his magnificent Dresden players deserve some recognition too. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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