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Bruckner Symphony no.3 -

Bruckner Symphony no.3 - 'Wagner Symphony'

Sakari Oramo / Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Exton
Format: SACD hybrid
Barcode: 4526977050733
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Catalog number: EXCL 73
Releasedate: 03-08-12
This is the recording of ambitious performance by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and conductor Sakari Oramo, through the culmination of their successful relationship, featuring the 3rd version of Bruckner's third symphony. The first performance of this 3rd version had a triumphant success and this was the result of the composer's unrelenting efforts to improve it. The interpretation by Mr.Oramo and RSPO full of profound insight into the work creates splendid transparency and clear direction in rich sound of Bruckner's world of music.

  • Conductor Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • He is also Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Co-Founder and Principal Conductor of West Coast Kokkola Opera
  • From 1998-2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Following his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2011, he has recently been appointed its Chief Conductor Designate, beginning at the 2013 BBC Proms
  • An accomplished violinist, Oramo was originally concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Oramo has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony on various occasions
  • and collaborates regularly with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • In 2011 Oramo made a successful debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, followed immediately by his high profile debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after stepping in at short notice
  • In 2013, Oramo will make his debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker
  • A prolific recording artist, Oramo has a number of highly-acclaimed recordings to his credit on Ondine, Warner Classics and Hyperion labels Sony Classics, BIS
  • The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2012
  • It was with Antal Dorati that the RSPO began to make its more permanent mark on the international scene (1966-1974)
  • Together they embarked on the ensemble’s first tour of the USA in 1968 and performed in East Europe (Prague, East Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig) in 1969

Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and this is their in-depth interpretation of Bruckner's Third Symphony (the third version).

The unique synthesis which produced Bruckner’s mature symphonic style, combining the Viennese Classical tradition of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, the Renaissance and Baroque counterpoint which he studied so assiduously, and the vast harmonic spans and dramatic gestures of Wagner’s operas, is clearly evident in the third of his nine (numbered) symphonies. This was composed in 1872 and ’73, during the composer’s early years in Vienna as a professor at the Conservatoire. While it was still in progress, Bruckner showed the score to his idol Wagner at Bayreuth, and obtained permission to dedicate it to him. However, the endorsement of the progressive Wagner was no passport to success in conservative Vienna. The work’s first performance in December 1877, given by the Vienna Philharmonic under the composer (an inexperienced conductor), was a disaster: many of the audience left the hall during the performance, and at the end the orchestral players walked off, leaving the hapless Bruckner alone on the platform.

At this point, the Symphony had been undergoing a drastic revision, including the removal of several literal quotations from Wagner. In 1878 it was published in its revised form, in full score and in a piano duet arrangement by the seventeen-year-old Gustav Mahler and his fellow-student Rudolf Krzyzanowski. A decade later, in 1888 and ’89, against Mahler’s advice, Bruckner made another thorough revision of the score for republication, with the assistance of his pupils Franz and Joseph Schalk. The edition by Leopold Nowak used for the present recording represents this version as it was prepared for the engraver, without some suspect accretions attributed to the Schalk brothers which found their way into the publication of 1890. Compared with the previous versions, this final recension includes substantial cuts in the second movement, and further cuts, as well as one new, shorter transition, in the finale. The Symphony was first performed in its ultimate version by the Vienna Philharmonic under the great Hans Richter in December 1890, and this time was a triumphant success – perhaps reflecting how much Bruckner had improved the work, though that is still the subject of some critical dispute, but also indicating how his stock had risen with the critics, the public and even the players over the previous thirteen years. (from the CD linernotes by Anthony Burton © 2012)

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2012 and, with its already rich history, continues to perform to international critical acclaim under its current Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor Sakari Oramo.
Founded in 1902 as the Stockholm Concert Society, the orchestra became a permanent ensemble in 1914 and made its international debut in Norway in 1917 with first Chief Conductor, Georg Schnéevoigt. In 1933 the orchestra performed under Arturo Toscanini in Copenhagen and in 1937 appeared together with Jussi Björling at the World Exhibition in Paris. Other legendary artists and conductors who have performed with the orchestra both at home and abroad include Birgit Nilsson, Nicolai Gedda, Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Leopold Stokowski, Ferenc Fricsay, Otto Klemperer, Rafael Kubelík, Sir Georg Solti and Rudolf Kempe who conducted the orchestra in 1975 with a young Gidon Kremer as soloist – the violinist’s first official concert outside the Soviet Union.

To date the orchestra has been led by 15 Principal Conductors including Vaclav Talich (1925-37), Fritz Busch (1937–1940), Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (1955–1964), Antal Dorati (1966–1974) and Gennady Rozhdestvensky who directed the orchestra from 1974–1977 and returned in 1991 for a further four years.
It was with Antal Dorati that the RSPO began to make its more permanent mark on the international scene. Together they embarked on the ensemble’s first tour of the USA in 1968 and performed in East Europe (Prague, East Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig) in 1969. Dorati’s tenure came to an end in 1973 with a European tour and a grand finale at the Vienna Musikverein.

Highlights which followed include the orchestra’s debut in the Soviet Union with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in 1979 and Japan in 1990 with Paavo Berglund, Principal Conductor from 1987 – 1991.
A new phase of the orchestra’s history began in 1992 with its renaming to Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, bearing the patronage of the Swedish Royal family. Around this time the orchestra took on its role of hosting and performing the newly inaugurated Nobel Prize Concerts, which have now become an annual event at the Stockholm Concert Hall attended by both the Nobel Laureates and the Swedish Royal Family. Recent guest artists have included Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell and Joseph Calleja.

Alan Gilbert’s hugely successful tenure as the orchestra’s 14th Principal Conductor received worldwide attention. Arriving in Stockholm in 2000 as a fairly unknown young conductor, his work resulted in 8 acclaimed seasons of concerts and included various tours throughout Europe, Japan and the States. A highlight of the collaboration is the thrilling interpretation of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 on BIS which won widespread critical acclaim.

On the departure of Alan Gilbert to the New York Philharmonic the RSPO was delighted to invite Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo to join the orchestra and continue history in the making.

Since taking the helm in 2008 Sakari Oramo has recorded the complete Symphonies of Schumann for Sony Classics which the UK’s BBC Music Magazine described as “impressive accounts, with Oramo coaxing some outstanding playing from his fine Swedish orchestra … making it impossible not to get carried up in the music’s sweep and energy". Further recent recordings have included CD releases with violinists Daniel Hope (Deutsche Grammophon) and Baiba Skride (Orfeo) and the DVD release of the 2010 Nobel Prize Concert with Joshua Bell as soloist (Accentus Music / Nobel Media). The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s most recent release features four major orchestral works by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg on BIS which are conducted in turn by Sakari Oramo, Alan Gilbert and Esa Pekka Salonen. Two of these works - “Dreaming River” and “Exquisite Corps” - were commissioned and premiered by the orchestra in Stockholm. The CD has since been nominated for a Swedish Grammy.

Recent performance highlights with Sakari Oramo have included a major Mahler Festival in Stockholm, a ten-concert tour of Japan in 2010 and a sold out performance at the 2011 London Proms championing a block-buster Nordic programme of Sibelius, Nielsen and Grieg which the Daily Telegraph described as “marvelous … the orchestra’s deftness and beautifully blended tone was a constant delight ...”

Having recently announced an extension of his contract to 2015, Sakari Oramo opens the orchestra’s 110th anniversary year with a celebratory tour performing Brahms’ violin concerto and Stravinsky’s Firebird.  The tour begins in Vienna – marking the occasion of Oramo’s debut at the world famous Musikverein – and continues to Frankfurt, Dortmund and Utrecht. Joining them as soloist is Lisa Batiashvili – a long term friend and colleague of Oramo who conducted the finale of the Sibelius competition which brought the then 16 year old Georgian violinist to international attention.

The Stockholm Concert Hall has been home to the orchestra since it was inaugurated in 1926. Designed in the style of a classical Greek temple by one of Sweden’s most prolific architects, Ivar Tengbom, the hall was built in the heart of the city both for the orchestra and as an arena for the Nobel Prize Ceremony and other such formal occasions.  In addition to a full season of concerts and the annual Nobel Prize Concert, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra presents two annual festivals in the hall - the “Stockholm International Composer Festival”, which most recently featured Brett Dean, and “Composer Weekend” in May, focusing on a contemporary Swedish composer.

Since 2003 the orchestra has enjoyed a special relationship with the legendary Eric Ericson Chamber Choir with which they regularly partner. Upcoming collaborations in Stockholm include performances of Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with Sakari Oramo and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Kurt Masur - part of a major four concert presentation of the complete Beethoven symphonies led by Kurt Masur in Spring 2012.

Nurturing the talent and audience of tomorrow has been key to the orchestra’s work for almost a century and is now reaping its rewards. Through concerts and other activities the orchestra engages with over 45 000 children and youngsters each year with projects ranging from the traditional to experimental. Leading the field in experimental projects, the orchestra has performed a number of symphonic arrangements of video game music, which it has also released on CD.  The resulting success has led the orchestra’s programme to be chosen as a special focus of attention in a benchmark study of the international field of music education commissioned by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) of which the Stockholm Concert Hall is a leading member.

Sakari Oramo, conductor
Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Co-Founder and Principal Conductor of West Coast Kokkola Opera. From 1998-2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Following his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2011, he has recently been appointed its Chief Conductor Designate, beginning at the 2013 BBC Proms.

An accomplished violinist, Oramo was originally concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and rose to prominence after stepping in to conduct the orchestra at very short notice. The success of this concert led to his appointment as Associate Principal Conductor with the orchestra in 1993 and he became their Chief Conductor in 2003.

Since taking over the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 2008, Oramo has led the orchestra to many highlights: a high profile Japan tour in 2010, an immense Stockholm Mahler festival featuring all ten Mahler symphonies on consecutive days and CD recordings of music by Bruckner, Schumann and Anders Hillborg, among others.

Oramo has conducted on several occasions the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and collaborates regularly with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.In 2011 Oramo made a successful debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, followed immediately by his high profile debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after stepping in at short notice. In 2013, Oramo will make his debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker.

A prolific recording artist, Oramo has a number of highly-acclaimed recordings to his credit on Ondine, Warner Classics and Hyperion labels, and most recently has recorded all of Schumann's symphonies with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sony Classics), as well as Sebastian Fagerlund´s opera Döbeln with West Coast Kokkola Opera (BIS). Future recordings will include a set of Elgar's Symphonies.