Asahina: Bruckner - Symphonies (11 CD box set, APE)
Asahina: Bruckner - Symphonies (11 CD box set, APE)

Composer: Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic
Conductor: Takashi Asahina
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 10 of 11
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: JVC
Size: 2.47 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no

CD 01
Symphony No.5 in B flat

1. Introduction. Adagio – Allegro
2. Adagio. Sehr langsam
3. Scherzo. Molto vivace (Schnell) – Trio im gleichen Tempo
1878 version, ed. Nowak (1951)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
3.9.1980

CD 02
Symphony No.5 in B flat

4. Finale. Adagio – Allegro moderato
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No.0 in D minor
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo. Presto – Trio. Langsamer und ruhiger
4. Finale. Moderato
1869 version, ed. Nowak (1968)
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
5.6.1978

CD 03
Symphony No.2 in C minor

1. Maestoso
2. Adagio. Sehr feierlich
3. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
4. Finale. Bewegt
1877 version (first critical edition), ed. Haas (1938)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
11.9.1986

CD 04
Symphony No.3 in D minor

1. Gemäßigt, mehr bewegt, misterioso
2. Adagio. Bewegt, feierlich, quasi andante
3. Scherzo. Ziemlich schnell
4. Finale. Allegro
1877 version, ed. Nowak (with Scherzo coda, 1981)
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
26.7.1984

CD 05
Romantic * Symphony No.4 in E flat major

1. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
2. Andante, quasi allegretto
3. Scherzo. Bewegt
4. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
1881 (aka 1878/80) version, ed. Haas (1936)
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
17.2.1989

CD 06
Symphony No.6 in A major

1. Maestoso
2. Adagio. Sehr feierlich
3. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
4. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
1881 version, ed. Nowak (1952)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
28.1.1984

CD 07
Symphony No.7 in E major

1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
3. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
4. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
1885 (Original) version, ed. Haas (1944)
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
13.9.1983

CD 08
Symphony No.8 in C minor

1. Allegro moderato
2. Scherzo. Allegro moderato
3. Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
1887/90 mixed versions, ed. Haas (1939)
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
14.9.1983

CD 09
Symphony No.8 in C minor

4. Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No.1 in C minor
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo. Lebhaft
4. Finale. Bewegt, feurig
1877 (Linz version with revisions), ed. Haas (1935)
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
29.1.1983

CD 10
Symphony No.9 in D minor

1. Feierlich. Misterioso
2. Scherzo. Trio
3. Adagio
1894 (Original) version, ed. Nowak (1951)
New Japan Philharmonic
4.6.1980

10 Comments

  1. Dear Mr.Whatever, I cannot express my gratitude to you! You fulfil again my old dream.

    Japanese conductor Takashi Asahina is a cult figure in classical music. Near the start of his international career (early 1950s), he met legendary Wilhelm Furtwaengler and discussed with him the interpretation of Bruckner. As far as I may judge, he may be considered as one of the most consistent and successful follower of Furtwangler. He has recorded several full cycles of Beethoven and Bruckner and at least one full cycle of Brahms. At the Boxset the Beethoven cycle by Asahina can also be found; I recommend this cycle very much – it is very unusual treatment of Beethoven with very slow tempos, which are more characteristic to Bruckner, – and unexpectedly very beautiful! As for Bruckner, Asahina recordings rank among the top readings.

    I would also like to congratulate the Boxset club: due to the recent great job by Mr.Whatever, now we have here nearly all classical integrales of Bruckner symphonies: Furtwaengler (not always canonic Bruckner readings, but unsurpassed in terms of strength and mystical feeling), Jochum with Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan with the same orchestra, Wand (but I must say that his RCA recordings are valued higher), Skrowaczewski, Tintner, Rozhdestvensky, Inbal – and Asahina. The only integral that would also be good to add to this list is the integrale by Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, recorded by Camerata, with major symphonies in interpretations by Kurt Eichhorn.

    Let me to add the list of top recordings of Bruckner symphonies by version of May/June 2006 edition of the American Record Guide:

    00
    Ashkenazy, Odine 920
    Skrowaczewski, Oehms 208
    Tintner, Naxos 554432

    0
    Inbal, Teldec
    Barenboim, DG n/a
    Rozhdestvensky, Chant du Monde n/a

    1
    Sieghart, Camerata 367
    Karajan, DG n/a
    Barenboim, Teldec n/a

    2
    Jochum, DG set
    Eichhorn, Camerata 195 or 379
    Karajan, DG n/a
    Barenboim, Teldec 21485
    Giulini, Testament 1210

    3
    Bцhm, Decca n/a
    Sieghart, Camerata 285
    Szell, Sony n/a
    Barenboim, Teldec n/a
    Jochum, DG set
    Karajan, DG n/a

    4
    Bцhm, Decca 466374
    Janowski, Virgin n/a
    Karajan, EMI 76887
    Sieghart, Camerata 337
    Ormandy, Sony 47653 (n/a?)
    Mehta, Decca n/a
    Skrowaczewski, Oehms 213
    Suitner, Berlin 1161

    5
    Rogner, Berlin 3011
    Karajan, DG n/a
    Klemperer EMI 63612 (n/a?)
    Gielen, Intercord 830872 (n/a?)
    Kempe, n/a
    Chailly, Decca n/a

    6
    Berstein, NY Philharmonic
    Klemperer, EMI 63351 & 62622
    Lopez-Cobox, Telarc 80264
    Muti, EMI n/a
    Skrowaczewski, Oehms 215

    7
    Karajan, EMI 76888
    Eichhorn, Camerata 165
    Walter, Sony 64482
    Bцhm, DG n/a
    Lopez-Cobos, Telarc 80188

    8
    Eichhorn, Camerata 225
    Wand, RCA 60364 n/a
    Kempe, Somm 16
    Karajan, DG 427611
    Jochum, EMI 73827
    Bцhm, DG n/a
    Kubelik, Orfeo 203891

    9
    Walter, Sony 92737
    Barenboim, Teldec 72140
    Mehta, Decca 468494
    Klemperer, EMI 93916 n/a
    Rozhdestvensky, n/a
    Giulini, EMI 85974

    Another list of great recordings may be found at the following address:
    http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Apr09/Bruckner_Symphonies_Article.htm

    I would also add that now there is several accomplishments of Bruckner’s 9th symphony (on the basis of his own sketches). You may find one version by Samale and Mazzuca in Rozhdestvensky set, but I personally prefer the version by William Carragan as much more logical and close to my understanding of Bruckner as faithful Catolic. Accomplishment of the Bruckner’s 9th is as worthy as accomplishment of Mozart Requiem, and now we have great progress on this way.

    The best Internet resource, devoted to Bruckner, is http://www.abruckner.com/

  2. Dear colleagues, I am very sorry, – I forgot to mention in my list of great Bruckner integrales the set of colossal recordings by Sergiu Celibidache on EMI, which is also present at Boxset. And the set by Georg Solti (Decca) is also very good (I became familiar with Bruckner symphonies on the basis of this set).

  3. Excellent comments, Vladimir, very informative and interesting as always, which come as certainly the best follow up to this amazing series of posts the always resourceful Whatever has delighted us with. A big thank you to you both.

  4. Thank you whatever
    Pinch me am I dreaming unbelievable I no sooner download Skrows set and I find Asahina’s JVC set available for download. Asahina and Wand are my absolute favorite Bruckner conductors.
    Sine I downloaded some Asahina Symphonies from emusic I have been on the hunt for any of his complete sets.
    You Have made my day
    Thank you Thank you Thank You

      1. Now the only problem – to find time to enjoy all this Bruckner treasure :roll:

  5. This is simply fantastic! And the other set too. Rare, interesting performances!
    Many, many thanks.
    I know Asahina also recorded a Ring cycle…

  6. Thank you Whatever for another amazing post.

    And thanks to Vladimir for the great info and links.

    What a resource this site is.

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