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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




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2017

With a refined and polished playing, a fine control of dynamics and a lot of tenderness, Thielemann’s reading of the Third Bruckner Symphony in its Nowak version from 1877 is truly an inspiring and enriching experience. © 2017 Pizzicato



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





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