BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Oberöstereicisches Jugendsinfoniaorchester/Rémy Ballot, cond.
GRANOLA SACD 99054 (2 disks) TT" 103:44

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 6 in A
Hamburg Philharmonic Orch/Simone Young, cond.
OEHMS SACD 687 TT: 54:37

BACH: Partita No. 2 in C mino, BWV 826r. Italian Concerto BWV 971. Fantasy and Fugue in A minor BWV 904-4, Fantasy ad Fugue in C Minor, BWV 984, Chromatic Fanasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903.
Burkard Schliessmnan, piano.
DIVINE ART SACD 25751 TT: 65:57

Those who have a keen interest in symphonies of Anton Bruckner should check out the impressive and very comprehensive discography of all known recordings of each symphony, masterfully maintained an edited by John Berky. Detailed information is given for the various perform performing editions of each symphony along with complete timings for each movement. Be sure to check out this fascinating BRUCKNER DISCOGRAPHY

This new recording of the monumental Symphony No. 8 is listed, but as of now the only information provided is that it the 1890 version edited by Leo Nowak in 1955. Many conductors including Karl Böhm, Semyon Bychkov and Sergiu Celibidache have favored this version. The longest Böhm performance is about 80 minutes, Bychkov clocks in at 79:34, and Celibidacne's longest is 104 min. This superb new recording is but a few seconds short of that (103:44).

Venezuela isn't the only country to encourage young musicians in a major way. Austria's program is not that extensive but has been in existence since 1990. The most gifted of young musicians are members of the orchestra trained at the Upper Lndesmukischulen and at the Anton Bruckner Private University. The orchestra meets only several times a year. Average age of the players is 17, but all play with the greatest technical command an tonal beauty. This is a grand scale performance of Bruckner's masterpiece, well-paced, and the climaxes are overpowering, particularly the two in the adagio with their shimmering cymbals. This is a performance that should be in every Bruckner collection.

Simone Young continues her traversal of Bruckner's symphonies with the Hamburg Philharmonic with his issue of Symphony No. 6. Nos. 5, 7 and 9 remain to be released. As with previous issues, this is a fine performance of Bruckner's lightest symphony, and it has been very well recorded. Most Bruckner collectors would prefer the legendary recordings by Eugen Jochum, Bernard Haitink or Gunter Wand, to mention just a few.

Young German pianist Burkard Schliessmann obviously is a major figure on the pianistic scene. His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations issued in 2008 won a prestigious critics' award, and several other prizes as well. His limited list of recordings included videos of chopin and Godowsky. On this fine new Schliessmann recording he offers a selection of Bach favorites playing with conviction and tonal beauty. His own personal Steinway Piano has been captured with a rich acoustic. A quality issue; surely many more will follow from this sterling your artist.

R.E.B. (January 2015)