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Bruckner, Anton (1824-1896)
Painting by Ferry Bératon (1859–1900)

Anton Bruckner

born: 4 September 1824
died: 11 October 1896
country: Austria

Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden, near Linz, on 4 September 1824, the eldest of five surviving children. He was taught music by his schoolmaster father and later by his godfather. After his father’s death, the boy became a chorister at St Florian, an Augustinian monastery to the south-east of Linz. He later moved to the Upper Austrian capital to study as a teacher and eventually returned to teach at St Florian.

Self-doubt and lack of confidence troubled the talented young musician, who reluctantly auditioned for, and was appointed to, the post of organist at Linz Cathedral. His composition skills were reinforced by prolonged private study of harmony and strict counterpoint, although he still felt ill-prepared to write symphonic works. In 1868 he became professor of harmony, counterpoint and organ at the Vienna Conservatory, and slowly developed his reputation as an outstanding symphonist. Although wounded by adverse criticism, the devoutly religious, deeply insecure Bruckner addressed issues of human existence and the mystery of creation within his nine monumental symphonies. He died in Vienna on 11 October 1896.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2014

Albums

Bruckner: Mass & Motets
CDA67629Archive Service
Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum
CDH55356Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Mass in E minor
CDH55277Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Mass in F minor & Psalm 150
CDH55332Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Masses
CDS44071/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Bruckner: motets
CDA66062
Bruckner: Requiem & other sacred music
CDA66245
Bruckner: String Quintet & Intermezzo; Strauss: Capriccio
CDH55372Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Symphony No 2
Studio Master: CKD442Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bruckner: Symphony No 3
CDH55474Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Symphony No 4
Studio Master: LSO0716Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bruckner: Symphony No 4
Studio Master: SIGCD256Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bruckner: Symphony No 7
Studio Master: CDA67916Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bruckner: Symphony No 9
Studio Master: LSO0746Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Naked Byrd
SIGCD180Download only
Passiontide at St Paul's
CDH55436Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Rare Piano Encores
CDH55109Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Strauss: Capriccio; Bruckner: String Quintet & Intermezzo
CDH55372Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The Feast of St Edward at Westminster Abbey
CDA67586
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

Aequalis No 1Colin Sheen (trombone), Roger Brenner (trombone), Phillip Brown (trombone)
Aequalis No 2Colin Sheen (trombone), Roger Brenner (trombone), Phillip Brown (trombone)
Afferentur regiCorydon Singers, Graham Chambers (trombone), Jeremy Gough (trombone), Martin Kelly (trombone), Matthew Best (conductor)
Ave MariaPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Ave MariaCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Ave MariaArmonico Consort, Christopher Monks (conductor)
Christus factus estPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Christus factus estCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Christus factus estSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Ecce sacerdos magnusCorydon Singers, Graham Chambers (trombone), Jeremy Gough (trombone), Martin Kelly (trombone), Matthew Best (conductor)
ErinnerungLeslie Howard (piano)
Intermezzo in D minorThe Raphael Ensemble
Inveni DavidCorydon Singers, Graham Chambers (trombone), Jeremy Gough (trombone), Martin Kelly (trombone), Christopher Stearn (trombone), Matthew Best (conductor)
Libera meCorydon Singers, Colin Sheen (trombone), Roger Brenner (trombone), Phillip Brown (trombone), Olga Hegedus (cello), Thomas Martin (double bass), John Scott (organ), Matthew Best (conductor)
Locus iste a Deo factus estPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Locus iste a Deo factus estCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Mass No 1 in D minorCorydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Mass No 2 in E minorCorydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra Wind Ensemble, Matthew Best (conductor)
Mass No 2 in E minorPolyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Mass No 3 in F minorCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Os iusti meditabiturWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Os iusti meditabiturPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Os iusti meditabiturCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Pange linguaPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Pange linguaCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Psalm 112Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Psalm 114 '116'Corydon Singers, Roger Brenner (trombone), Phillip Brown (trombone), Colin Sheen (trombone), Matthew Best (conductor)
Psalm 150Juliet Booth (soprano), Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Requiem in D minorCorydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
String Quintet in F majorThe Raphael Ensemble
Symphony No 2 in C minorRoyal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
Symphony No 3 in D minor 'Wagner Symphony'BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor)
Symphony No 4 in E flat major 'Romantic'Philharmonia Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor)
Symphony No 4 in E flat major 'Romantic'London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Symphony No 7 in E majorBBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles (conductor)
Symphony No 9 in D minorLondon Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Te DeumCorydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Tota pulchra esPhilip Salmon (tenor), Corydon Singers, Thomas Trotter (organ), Matthew Best (conductor)
Vexilla regisPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Vexilla regisCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Virga Jesse floruitPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Virga Jesse floruitCorydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Virga Jesse floruitSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
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