Stanislaw Skrowaczewski / Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bruckner: Sämtliche Symphonien

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Recorded by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra between 1991 and 2001, this box set of Anton Bruckner's complete symphonies is a reissue on Oehms Classics of recordings that were previously released on the Arte Nova label. Direct in their appeal and clear in reproduction, these award-winning performances are among the most consistent in quality of contemporary Bruckner cycles. In the interests of uniformity and accessibility, Skrowaczewski used the well-established editions of Leopold Nowak, bypassing the very different Urfassungen and later questionable revisions, so the most familiar and best-loved versions of the symphonies are here, along with the rarely heard Overture in G minor and the Adagio from the String Quartet in F major, arranged for string orchestra. For over half a century, Skrowaczewski has been one of the most reliable Bruckner conductors, having performed the symphonies many times with different ensembles, and this set is a highpoint of his career, unmatched by any of his previous Bruckner recordings for completeness and masterful interpretation. This cycle is required listening for serious Brucknerians, and it's an excellent place for newcomers to start.

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