Bruckner: Symphony 2, Strauss R.: Der Bürger als Edelmann / Muti
Two Masterpieces in the Austro-German Tradition
Listening to Muti’s captivating “live” performance with the Vienna Philharmonic, one is struck by how every tiny detail has its natural place in Bruckner’s unique soundworld. Yet most beguiling of all is the way Muti creates a compelling sense of mystery out of the composer’s characteristic repeated patterns.
Muti’s remarkable ability to inspire glowing textures of chamber-scale intimacy and transparency fits hand-in-glove with Der Bürger als Edelmann’s sleight-of-hand effervescence, the various solo lines being floated magically from the main ensemble.
Riccardo Muti / Vienna Philharmonic