Recordings of the Year!

Recordings of the Year!
At its September annual meeting, the Bruckner Society Board of Directors chose the top recordings in the categories of "Recording of the Year" and "Historic Recording of the Year." The winners are:

Recording of the Year: Manfred Honeck / Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Reference Recording hybrid SACD): In writing of the award, BSA President Benjamin Korstvedt stated,

The Ninth Symphony has been recorded many, many times, of course, but this new recording stands out clearly as among the finest we have heard. The Pittsburgh Symphony performs with a palpable level of commitment, which is conveyed with extraordinary clarity by the superb recording. Maestro Honeck’s interpretation of the Symphony is particularly compelling and musically rigorous, as he outlines in his very thoughtful booklet essay and brings to life with the performance. As a result, we find this to be a recording that brings the listener on a wonderful voyage of musical discovery that captures the full scope of this masterwork in all of its grandeur, tragedy, and human power. All in all, we find this to be a recording of the highest quality. It is a most valuable addition to the discography.




Historic Recording of the Year: Bernard Haitink / Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (Decca Blu-Ray audio and CD boxed set): In writing of the recording, BSA President Benjamin Korstvedt stated,

The Bruckner symphonies have been recorded many times since this set first appeared in the 1960s and early 1970s, but Haitink's have remained an outstanding, path-breaking achievement. It was one of the very first sets of the nine Bruckner symphonies and the very first to include the early D-minor symphony. Perhaps most importantly, all the performances in this collection are marked by a freshness and naturalness of expression that remains compelling today. In addition, the new remastering and, especially, the Blu-Ray disc reveal the quality of the original recordings with remarkable clarity and presence. The distinctive character of the orchestra and the musicality of Maestro Haitink's interpretative vision come across with startling intensity. In short, we find this set of recordings of the highest quality and a most valuable addition to the discography. We hope this reissue will bring much-deserved attention to these classic recordings.




2019

Recording of the Year: Manfred Honeck / Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Reference Recording hybrid SACD)
Historic Recording of the Year: Bernard Haitink / Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (Decca Blu-Ray audio and CD boxed set)

2018

Recording of the Year: Thielemann / Dresden Staatskapelle / Symphony No.1 (C Major DVD and Blu-Ray)
Historic Recording of the Year: Rosbaud / SWF Symphony Orchestra / Symphonies 2-9 (SWR Music)

2017

Recording of the Year: Lim / Korean Symphony Orchestra Symphony cycle (Korean Decca)
Historic Recording: Jochum / Boxed set of Orchestral reissues (DGG)

2016

Recording of the Year: Schaller / Symphony in F Minor (Profil)
Historic Recording:
Video Recording: Blomstedt: Symphony No. 7 / Roskilde Cathedral (Dacapo)

2015

Recording of the Year: Young / Symphony No. 7 (Oehms)

2014

Recording of the Year: Abbado / Symphny No. 1 (Accentus / DGG)
Historic Recording: The recovered Skrowaczewski Symphony No. 9 (Abruckner.com)
Video Recording: Barenboim / Symphony No. 6 (Accentus)

2013

Recording of the Year: Blomstedt / Bruckner Symphony Cycle (Querstand)
Historic Recording: Tennstedt / Symphony No. 7 / Boston S.O. (ICA)
Video Recording: Welser-Moest / Symphony No. 4 / Cleveland Orch. (Arthaus Musik)