Related Reviews
Fanfare
2014 Want List: 'A real success.'
more >>
Fanfare
'A spectacular success...the arrangement itself, which is a triumph of clarity and timbral focus, an interpretation from Trevor Pinnock, who proves to be an insightful Brucknerian (who knew?), orchestral playing from students who need fear no comparisons with the finest professionals, and exceptional SACD audio, and the result is an unqualified success on every count.'
more >>
Fono Forum
,,hat die kleine Orchesterbesetzung eine kammermusikalische Transparenz zur Folge, die den Hörer die Struktur des Werks deutlich nachvollziehen lässt.''
more >>
Hi-Fi News
'The textures in the symphony are endlessly fascinating...more importantly, the performance has both depth and beauty...'
more >>
Pizzicato
4 Stars
'Anthony Payne’s transcription of Bruckner’s Second Symphony for chamber orchestra guarantees the listener a stunning experience. Performance and sound quality are amazing as well.'
more >>
Gramophone
'...there are times in the finale where the music takes flight in a way that I’ve virtually never heard in an orchestral performance...'
more >>
Herald Scotland
'This is gripping stuff. The feeling of bigness is still there, but there's now a light translucence to the music.'
more >>
The Sunday Times
'...Payne creates a beautiful pinpoint effect that illuminates Bruckner’s argument and makes it seem even more productively spacious.'
more >>
SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
'...a most enjoyable realisation of Schoenberg's vision...'
more >>
The Irish Times
'revealing'
more >>
AllMusic
4½ Stars
'...reducing forces to a small body of instruments gives great clarity to the parts and reveals the inner workings of the counterpoint...'
more >>
Words and Music
'Disc of the Day':'It is lean and fresh...Top quality.'
more >>
BachTrack.com
4 Stars
'I was allowed to cheer and applaud with all the enthusiasm this magical performance deserved.'
more >>

Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2 - The Absolute Sound


01 January 2015
The Absolute Sound
Andrew Quint

For close to three years in Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg ran the Society for Musical Performance, where subscribers would hear meticulously prepared readings of contemporary compositions. Many of the works were heard in scaled-down chamber arrangements created specially for the occasion. Trevor Pinnock asked the British composer and musicologist Anthony Payne to produce such a reduction of Bruckner's Symphony No. 2. The result is fascinating: scored for just 20 instruments, the work seems much less rhetorical, with a kind of fin-de-siecle wistfulness. The playing is beyond reproach and the recording offers gratifying detail and transparency. Alban Berg's unlikely 1921 arrangement of Johann Strauss' Wine, Women, and Song completes the program.     


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Royal Academy of MusicRoyal Academy of Music
Trevor PinnockTrevor Pinnock
Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2