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Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, November 2013

Finally we have the ideal recording of this symphony!

The orchestra and sound are simply glorious. Switching between this and other recordings, as is my custom, I preferred this almost all the time. There are dozens of instances where this conductor “gets it” in a way that no one else does… I haven’t heard a recording in years that replaces any top choice in the Bruckner Overview. Well, it has finally happened. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Markow
Fanfare, November 2013

What makes this live performance so special is the meticulous attention Young devotes to the dynamic markings in the score. Young observes every last performance direction, including all the crescendos, decrescendos, espressivos and dolces. Add to this the impeccably balanced brass, the sumptuous warmth of the strings, and the plangent woodwinds, and you have what is to my mind the benchmark recording of this symphony.

Oehms’s sound is absolutely stunning. Seldom does a recording give me the impression I am within a great concert hall, but in this case I could easily imagine myself sitting in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. The bass resonance is almost identical to the Bayreuth experience—something you feel as well as hear.  As far as “Want Lists” go, this recording makes me want to rush out and get all of Young’s previous Bruckner releases. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review




Robert Markow
Fanfare, November 2013

What makes Young’s performance so special is the meticulous attention she devotes to the dynamic markings in the score. There is always a distinct difference between forte and fortissimo, between piano and pianissimo. In addition she molds each phrase with loving care, to the point that the music positively glows. Oehms’s engineering is the same league, making this a real winner. © 2013 Fanfare




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, July 2013

Continuing her exemplary survey of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner, Simone Young leads the Hamburg Philharmonic in an exceptional reading of the Symphony in D minor, “Die Nullte,” a work that has become increasingly popular with each new recording. Even though this early symphony only exists in the 1869 version, edited by Leopold Nowak, it has created its own share of bewilderment, not least because of its misleading numbering but also over its chronological placement. Listeners who wish to understand this work in the wider context of Bruckner’s cycle could have no better guide than Young, who grasps its transitional characteristics, as a development from the Romantic symphonic style of Mendelssohn and Schumann to something original with Bruckner. Yet she manages to make it much more than an obligatory exercise by drawing a passionate and nuanced performance from the Hamburg Philharmonic, her collaborators throughout this recording project. …Young makes the experience meaningful with her deep musicality and unerring sense of what works best. While this is by no means a perfect symphony, Young may have given it a perfect interpretation, or as close as any conductor is likely to come to it. © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, July 2013

Could Bruckner’s unnumbered symphonies be coming in from the cold at last? This is the sixth release in Simone Young’s survey of Bruckner’s Symphonic works—and maintains the high standard which has distinguished the series. Young persuades us that this ‘orphan’ symphony belongs—almost—with its mighty successors. Let’s hope the Double-Nought Symphony (not, as yet, on SACD) is on the agenda for these forces. © 2013 Classical CD Choice



Terry Barfoot
MusicWeb International, July 2013

The playing of the Hamburg Orchestra is impressive, in particular the dramatic thrust of the accented leap from a high B flat to a trill on G sharp the octave below. This is perhaps the symphony’s greatest moment of genius, and it makes its mark here. In this live performance the music reaches a triumphant affirmation in a resplendent D major tonality.

…Simone Young makes a strong case for this splendid work, and in doing so further establishes her credentials as an important interpreter of this great symphonist’s art. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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