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Andris Nelsons

Bruckner: Symphonies 2 & 8 (2CD)

Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue their award-winning Bruckner cycle. This time the Symphonies are coupled with Wagner’s Meistersinger Prelude. The Orchestra and the Latvian Maestro recently announced the extension of their acclaimed partnership until 2027. In 2019 The Times (UK) raved about Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester’s visit to the BBC Proms, “He [Bruckner] really does have to be played very, very well if the spaces that suddenly open up around the notes are not to seem a slackening of tension. It was one of the outstanding features of Nelsons’s reading – among the best Bruckner interpretations I’ve heard – that they never did. Every standstill was pregnant with consequence; and, while one could relish the beauty of sound […] one felt the pacing hidden in the background. Detail was luxurious, but architecture paramount, and Nelsons’s unshowy approach profoundly impressive. One could almost believe one had come across that impossible thing: the ego-less conductor. No exhibitionism here. He revealed Bruckner, with a relentless vision that takes us into the strangest places, as greater than ever.”

“Nelsons offers a more youthful, impetuous Bruckner than his older colleague [Herbert Blomstedt], but one in which the strings shimmer and glow, […] The playing is a marvel.”
The Sunday Times

Disc 1

1. Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I
2. Bruckner: Symphony No. 2: 1. Moderato
3. Bruckner: Symphony No. 2: 2. Andante. Feierlich, etwas bewegt
4. Bruckner: Symphony No. 2: 3. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell – Trio. Gleiches Tempo
5. Bruckner: Symphony No. 2: 4. Finale. Mehr schnell

Disc 2
1. Bruckner: Symphony No. 8: 1. Allegro moderato
2. Bruckner: Symphony No. 8: 2. Scherzo. Allegro moderato – Trio. Langsam
3. Bruckner: Symphony No. 8: 3. Adagio. Feierlich langsam; doch nicht schleppend
4. Bruckner: Symphony No. 8: 4. Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Andris Nelsons