Juanjo Mena and BBC Philharmonic’s acclaimed reading of one of the conductor’s signature pieces, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6, has been released on Chandos. It was recorded in studio already in 2012, just before Mena and the Orchestra performed the piece at the BBC Proms.
The recording has been selected by BBC Radio 3’s Record of the Week and Gramophone’s Essential New Classical Release.
The Classical Review notes that Juanjo Mena “proves himself a master of this difficult score.“…Program notes are erudite and engaging…sound is spectacular, and the playing of the BBC Philharmonic is impassioned – clearly Mena inspires them” […] “If pressed to recommend a single recording, Haitink’s last recording with the Bavarian RSO has a natural authority … Yet Mena, for the most part, is equally impressive, and I admire his imaginative ideas and willingness to take interpretive risks. This is an intensely musical performance and would welcome more Bruckner from this team.”
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