Like several of his colleagues, including Simone Young and Marcus Bosch, conductor Ivor Bolton has recorded Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 in C minor in the original or Urfassung version of 1872, edited by William Carragan, the longest of the five editions that are regularly performed. It is not drastically different in substance than the later revisions, though Bruckner eventually cut it down by some 250 measures in the 1877 version, and reversed the order of the inner movements, even before its first performance. That said, this live recording has considerable energy and excitement, and Bolton draws out a passionate performance from the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, which has played the symphony many times in its illustrious history. This release is the last of the numbered symphonies that Bolton has recorded for Oehms Classics, and unless he has reserved a place for the early Study Symphony in F minor or the Symphony in D minor, "Die Nullte," this CD concludes the series. While Bolton's Bruckner may not have the name recognition of Karajan or Barenboim, or the near-hallowed reputation of Tintner and Wand, it is solid in musicianship and well worth exploring for its clarity and coherence.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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