Bruckner 9 BPO/Rattle - the 4 Movement Recording
This is an astounding disc! Even judged on the three movement torso that we know, on the strength of this recording alone Simon Rattle joins the elite amongst Bruckner conductors - yes, that includes Karajan, Haitink and Jochum. A previous recording of the 4th failed to convince and constituted 'work in progress', though a CBSO 7th is a better pointer to SR's development as a Bruckner conductor. Never before have I heard Bruckner's grinding dissonances in every movement brought out so vividly as in this 9th. I hope SR goes on to give us a cycle.
But we don't have just the three movement torso on this CD; we also have the finale as completed by Samale/Phillips/Cohrs/Mazzuca. On a first hearing I find this difficult to assess and will need a few more outings before I can make a judgment.
The sound has tremendous depth and clarity, not at all what one normally associates with the Philharmonie in Berlin.
Disc of the year for me, I think.
“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis