The Wall Street Journal has a new review and feature for Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s new Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 recording!
“Conductor Manfred Honeck has become one of today’s most insightful interpreters of the classics. A regular presence on the world’s most prestigious orchestra podiums, the Austrian maestro has been music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade, where he has made valuable additions to its discography. … Their latest disc is devoted to Bruckner’s Ninth, a long but mesmerizing masterpiece considered to be one of the composer’s finest. … Recorded live at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, [Honeck’s] Bruckner Ninth is a wondrous achievement. Telling moments abound: the lyrical episodes in the opening movement that seemingly float in the air, the triumphant nobility the conductor summons at the first movement’s conclusion, the tonal colors he coaxes from the strings throughout… to name a few. … Mr. Honeck delivers plenty of visceral excitement… for the score’s expanded brass section, which includes Wagner tubas.”—Barbara Jepson, The Wall Street Journal
For the full review and feature, see it on The Wall Street Journal!