The Decca Wiener Philharmoniker Bruckner Symphony Cycle
Founded in 1842, the Vienna Philharmonic gave a notoriously dusty reception to Bruckner’s Third when they played through it in rehearsal in 1874 and refused to perform it in concert. Three years later the composer conducted them in the premiere of the symphony’s revised version; though the occasion was a fiasco, it earned Bruckner the lifelong admiration of Gustav Mahler, who was present as a student.
Eloquence releases two Limited Edition boxed sets with Original Jackets – Kurt Masur’s Brahms recordings for Philips with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Decca Wiener Philharmoniker Bruckner cycle. Plus Handel from Thurston Dart, the art of Alfred Deller, and firsts-on-CD from Margaret Price