Bruckner - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (2010)

Bruckner

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Marek Janowski

In his novel “The Discovery of Slowness”, the German writer Sten Nadolny describes the life and death of the English naval officer and Arctic explorer John Franklin. The book is a subtle study on time. Franklin was a slow human being. He spoke slowly, thought slowly, and was slow to react. And even if he failes outwardly at the end, he yet emerges victorious, as in the old paradox of the race between Achilles and the tortoise. Because, from the perspective of slowness, the world does change. And the reader feels this. So what has that got to do with Anton Bruckner and his Fifth Symphony in B flat major? Well, at first glance, not a lot. But if we look more closely, it is not so difficult to credit this late Romantic composer with the “discovery of slowness”. The Fifth, like Nadolny’s book, is a deeply personal study on time.

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski has been artistic director of the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (= RSB, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) since 2002. Under his directorship between 1984 and 2000, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France rose to become the leading orchestra in France. During a number of years, he also put his personal stamp on the Gu?rzenich Orchester Köln (1986-1990), the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000-2005), and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2005-2012).

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Bruckner - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (2010)

Bruckner

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    "audiophile's go-to recording of Bruckner's Fifth"

Marek Janowski's incomparable recording of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 in B flat major is at least equal to anything released by Pentatone Classics. Leading the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Janowski turns in a perfectly lucid and expressively spot-on reading of Bruckner's contrapuntal masterpiece, and inspires some of the finest playing in this work that has ever been recorded. The instrumental details are crisp, the counterpoint absolutely transparent, the orchestra has full sonic presence, the ambience is resonant but clean and unblurred, and the recording is as credibly realistic as what might be heard in the best seat in a concert hall. In short, this is the collector's and audiophile's go-to recording of Bruckner's Fifth, and it is difficult to find anyone who could find fault with it, short of an ardent defender of some other cherished recording. But it's probably impossible to find one to best this masterpiece of performance and recording, so further praise is superfluous.

Blair Sanderson[read full review]

Bruckner - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (2010)

Bruckner

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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