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Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, December 2017

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (NTSC) 740808
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 740904

Christian Thielemann’s recording of the 1877 version of the Third Symphony is arguably the finest Bruckner he has given us, a performance of great splendour and eloquence, wonderfully articulated by the Staatskapelle Dresden and benefiting from excellent sound and video quality. © 2017 Gramophone



Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, August 2017

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Thielemann) (Staatskapelle Dresden Edition, Vol. 42) PH16064
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (NTSC) 740808
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 740904

Thielemann’s interpretation [of Symphony No. 4], spacious and unaffected, has a commanding strength and inner purpose, and the playing of the Dresden Staatskapelle seems even more cultivated on the video recording. The performance of the Andante in particular conjures a magical landscape of mists and shadows, and Thielemann really knows how to power those extended Brucknerian climaxes in the finale.

The video release of the Third Symphony, Thielemann’s first recording of this work, is similarly impressive.

Thielemann’s approach to tempos is slightly more flexible than in the Fourth Symphony, although his choices are judiciously handled and do not detract from the overall sense of line. The first movement has grandeur and magnificence, essential qualities in this music, while the Adagio is wonderfully moving, especially in the closing moments. The Scherzo has a powerful rhythmic charge, with a superbly characterised Trio, followed by a near-ideal performance of the multifaceted finale. As in the Fourth Symphony, the orchestral playing is in class of its own, superbly balance and exquisitely articulated. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Lark Reviews, July 2017

This series is proving to be very impressive and is maintaining its impact as Christian Thielemann moves back to the Third Symphony. With glowing wind and mastery of long, unfolding passages may I respectfully suggest you listen to this with the volume turned up to the gain the impact you would in the concert hall. © 2017 Lark Reviews



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, July 2017

Christian Thielemann continues his Bruckner cycle series with the Dresden Staatskapelle (he is their Music Director) with this issue of Symphony No. 3, filmed at the Munich Philharmonic, September 2016. Like previous issues in the series (symphonies 4–9), this is a solid, impressive performance with the Dresden Orchestra in fine form. There is no lack of excellent recordings of this symphony. © 2017 ClassicalCDReview.com





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