Carlo Maria Giulini, Wiener Philharmoniker – Bruckner: Symphonie No.9 (1989) [Japan 2019]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 68:37 minutes | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,83 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,66 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,44 GB
The Viena Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini performing Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor. The reissue of classical music masterpieces by Esoteric has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound. This series marks the first hybrid SACD release of historical recording selections. These new audio versions feature Esoteric’s proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.
Carlo Maria Giulini recorded Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Angel in 1976, and that album has long been considered a superb achievement and difficult to surpass. Yet Giulini’s 1988 performance with the Vienna Philharmonic matches the older recording in every important detail and exceeds expectations by sounding richer in the digital format. As wonderful as Chicago’s sound was, the Vienna Philharmonic offers more varied and subtle timbres, a result of its long history of Bruckner performances. Using the Nowak edition, Giulini takes this unfinished symphony into dark places, making it the full realization of the Romantic idea of Sturm und Drang. The opening movement is one of Bruckner’s most commanding essays in sonata form. Through its explicit parallels with Beethoven’s Ninth, Bruckner clearly points to his source of inspiration. The terrifying Scherzo, with its stacked dissonances and pounding rhythms, creates a mood of violence and instability that the nervous Trio does little to alleviate. Resolution – indeed, an apotheosis – comes in the glorious Adagio. Giulini elicits the most sumptuous sounds from the orchestra, particularly in the ecstatic opening measures. After hearing this movement, any thought of adding a finale must seem pointless, for this is a sublime valedictory and nothing more is needed.
01. Symphony No.9 in D minor – I. Feierlich, misterioso
02. Symphony No.9 in D minor – II. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft – Trio. Schnell
03. Symphony No.9 in D minor – III. Adagio. Langsam, feierlich
Carlo Maria Giulini – Conductor
Produced by Hans Weber. Balance Engineer: Günther Breest.
Recorded live in June 1988 at Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Wien, Austria.
Reissue Produced by Motoaki Ohmachi. Mastering Engineer: by Kazuie Sugimoto at JVC Mastering Center.
Esoteric Japan # ESSG-90195