Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2 - Words and Music
17 March 2014Words and Music
Bruckner's Second Symphony played one-to-a-part
Schoenberg style on the Linn label. Come
The atonalist formed a
music club in 1918 at which symphonies would be played as chamber works. What for?
Efficiency and anti-romanticism
primarily. The cost was relevant then as now. The slaughter hadn't helped. Does
symphony has bold, clean lines and the clarity of a close-up photograph. There
is certainly no loss of drama. The marching first movement main theme stands
out stark and chiselled, while the second theme is a revelation in its new
guise, a lyrical violin and cello melody and counter over a pizzicato bass. It sounds
lean and fresh. Pinnock speeds the work along unhampered by slower players,
dancing with a lightness in the scherzo which the flute, flying over the
semiquavers, seems to enjoy more than any, as it benefits most perhaps from the
reduced opposition. Are the
RAM Soloist Ensemble students?
wouldn't think so, Sir. Top quality. Pinnock is used to the squashy, indistinct
clatter of the harpsichord and tapered Baroque phrasing, and there is something
of the Early Music revolution in this new way of presenting old material, the
twentieth century editing the nineteenth, the atom against steam. So Pinnock should now do Schoenberg
proper, you think?
great man said of his own music, 'it's not incomprehensible, just badly
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