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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2019

The finale is the best thing in his [Jansons] Ninth Symphony. It has shape, emotion, and meaning. We are no longer gliding over the surface of the score, and across the long span of Bruckner’s surging themes, the brass choir of the Bavarian Radio Symphony is absolutely wonderful. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Paul L. Althouse
American Record Guide, July 2019

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9 (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons) 900173
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Concerto Budapest, A. Keller) TACET245DIG

The Bavarian orchestra sounds wonderful, vibrant and rich; the brass are full and powerful, but they blend in with the others and never overpower.

The Concerto Budapest is a younger group (I see they appointed a 19-year-old concertmaster a few years ago), but they are certainly excellent as well. Their conductor, Andras Keller (formerly of the Keller Quartet), takes slower tempos in the outer movements, often with beautiful results. I was particularly taken with his tenderness in the second theme of I (A major) and then later in the lead-in to that theme in the recapitulation (D major). And indeed, such would describe the two performances: Jansons a bit quick and taut, Keller more warm and relaxed. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Classical Music Daily, June 2019

From the opening mysterious brass calls, one senses a breadth and majesty, but also a sense of urgency. The orchestra, in all sections, responds superbly… this is a disc to treasure. © 2019 Classical Music Daily



Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, May 2019

This recording has already been glowingly reviewed on MWI and I can certainly add my endorsement of it as thoroughly recommendable and enjoyable. The Bavarian Radio Orchestra has claims to being one of the world’s best, and on this showing enhances both its own and its Latvian conductor’s reputations. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, April 2019

Because Bruckner’s Ninth is such an extreme and ‘ultimate’ work, its interpretation will always raise partisan passions, but this is a fine one. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine



Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, April 2019

Interpretatively, there’s little difference between Jansons’s approach on this new release and the previously released recording on RCO Live deriving from his performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra just two months later. Both are also beautifully played, as might be expected with orchestras of this calibre. Dynamic and tempo markings are observed with a remarkable degree of fidelity and orchestral textures are both warm and revealing of inner detail. There are even the same conductor vocalisations on both recordings – very faint, but noticeable when listening on headphones. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Lark Reviews, February 2019

The magnificent Adagio is moving and deeply felt in Mariss Jansons’ interpretation. © 2019 Lark Reviews



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, February 2019

Jansons and his Bavarian forces are in admirable form here… For their towering level of thrilling intensity and polished playing, my treasured favourites are the live 1998 Philharmonie, Berlin account from Günter Wand conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker on RCA Red Seal and Claudio Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra recorded live in 2013 at Lucerne Concert Hall on Deutsche Grammophon. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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