The Münchner Philharmoniker have arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings led by the many legendary conductors that have worked for and with the Münchner Philharmoniker are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.
Having started in September 2017 at the Monastery of St. Florian, a setting with unique historical significance in this context, the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev present a most spectacular cycle of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. All performances take place at the Monastery of St. Florian near Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place. The cycle was continued this past September 2018 and shall be completed in September 2019. All symphony recordings will be made available on the orchestra’s very own label MPHIL by 2020/2021.
This spring the Münchner Philharmoniker make live recordings at St. Florian of Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 2, 8 and 9 available to audiences around the world. Bruckner’s Second Symphony already reveals all the hallmarks of the fully developed »Bruckner style«: powerful agglomerations of sound in its outer movements, the »atmosphere of a moonlit night« in its slow movement and a rustic dance scene in its Scherzo. This Scherzo is arguably the reason why this work is also known as Bruckner’s »Upper Austrian Symphony«.
ANTON BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 2
1. Moderato (17:50)
2. Andante (14:04)
3. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell - Trio. Gleiches Tempo (06:56)
4. Finale. Mehr schnell (16:38)
RECORDING DATES 24. / 25. September 2018 (No. 2)
LOCATION Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria
PRODUCER Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER Stephan Reh
RECORDING ASSISTANTS Martin Shi, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
EDITOR Johannes Müller, Martin Shi
REMIXING ENGINEER Stephan Reh
MASTERING ENGINEER Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Münchner Philharmoniker
Release Date: 16 Apr 2019