Post by jrsnfld
What do you think of Van Zweden's 6th? I've heard some good Bruckner
from him, but not this recording.
I haven't heard him.
Post by jrsnfld Post by Lionel Tacchini
Kubelik will also be someone to listen to in this work.
I'll second that. Kubelik does well in the 6th. I'll go out on a limb
and say that every 6th I've heard has brought at least some
Some yes, of course, it is a Bruckner symphony after all ;-)
Post by jrsnfld
I don't think a first time buyer has to be too wary or
picky in this symphony. One might avoid extremely slow or fast
performances just to be "safe", but not even Celibidache or Blomstedt
can take this too slow, in my opinion.
Here I must disagree. Bruckner's music is difficult to assimilate and
some approaches make it harder as well as changing the character of the
music so much that many people simply walk away.
I see tempo as an essential characterisation of music and Bruckner
"interpretation" sees such variations in this regard that they often go
from allegro to andante (or slower) for the same movement and
indication. In the case of the 6th, the first movement is an alla breve
(barred C, 2/2 time); if the beat is "majestoso", the felt tempo remains
swift. Kubelik does it right, others like Klemperer just ignore this and
do it at about half speed, drastically changing the character of the music.
Then there is the trick with the 3rd subject which almost no ones does
as requested, as fast as the 1st. But Venzago does it, to great effect
(at 4', just check it out on Spotify). He's just great in the whole
movement, expressively phrased, flexible in the whole work and the
orchestra, this time it is the Berner Symphony Orchestra, is large
enough unlike the Tapioletta Sinfonia or whatever pub band he got for
the 1st and D minor.
The 6th, of all the symphonies, is the one which may not be slowed down,
not expanded into a fantasised requiem (hey, even Mozart masses are
played faster than Bruckner symphonies, isn't this silly?).
The 6th needs bite and flashing eyes. "Die Keckste" halt.
"Ach, Du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin ..."