Bruckner: Symphony 9 (nezet-seguin)

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Label: ATMA
Catalog: SACD22514
Format: SACD

Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Juno Award Nominee 2009 - Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble Performance
Charles Dutoit and the OSM started a snowball rolling back in 1980, one that continues to expand. We now benefit from the many excellent CD’s from Quebec. While Decca Records was there initially, ATMA is now the major player. And presently two noteworthy CD’s have come our way. Yoav Talmi and Yannick Nézet-Séguin are going from strength to strength with major international careers, and we should consider ourselves lucky to have giants such as these in Canada, however briefly. Nézet-Séguin’s new Bruckner 9th with l’Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal is one for the keeping. Readers may recall my 2004 recommendation of Georg Tintner’s 9th from Naxos, and this new one exceeds even that, on several levels. The symphony calls for a sweeping breadth and a grand sense of vision, and receives both in abundance by these deft hands. The climaxes, particularly in the final Adagio movement, are nothing short of spectacular. The sound is helped by the interior of Église-Sainte-nom-de-Jésus in Montreal. With recent successes in Rotterdam, let us hope that we can still continue enjoy this conductor on our side of the “pond”. A first-rate effort. Reviewed by John S. Gray. Reprinted from The Wholenote Magazine (www.thewholenote.com), Nov. 2008. Conductor and international sensation Yannick Nézet-Séguin has won rave reviews around the world for his masterful interpretations of Bruckner’s symphonies. His highly anticipated recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal will be available in retail and on-line outlets starting August, 2008. Never completed, Bruckner’s final symphony ends with an adagio movement that seems destined, in the composer’s own words, “for better times".
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is an international phenomenon: August 2008 marks his debut at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, conducting 9 performances of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and one of the Mozart C minor Mass, K 427; in September he takes on the position of Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, replacing Valery Gergiev; the same month he assumes the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic.
He has led the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal since 2000, and has shaped it into a formidable instrument. This is his tenth recording for ATMA, which has been producing his recordings since 2003. ATMA released Nézet-Séguin’s award-winning recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 last year to great acclaim, and will record Symphony No. 8 in 2009. “What we have on this disc is a Bruckner Seventh that is compelling from first bar to last – under its young conductor, this orchestra rises to the work’s challenge magnificently.” (International Record Review, UK.)

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