Gerd Schaller – Bruckner 2024

Gerd Schaller

Dirigent

Er gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Bruckner-Interpreten der Gegenwart: Gerd Schaller ist — nach einem Dirigierstudium und Stationen an verschiedenen deutschen Staatstheatern — seit 2006 freischaffend tätig und wird immer wieder von zahlreichen bekannten Klangkörpern im In- und Ausland als Gastdirigent eingeladen.
Daneben gründete er 2008 die Philharmonie Festiva, ein Symphonieorchester mit ausgewählten Musikern deutscher Spitzenklangkörper, mit dem er seither seine eigenen anspruchsvollen Projekte verfolgt.

Bruckner2024

Im Zentrum von Gerd Schallers Schaffen steht seit Jahren insbesondere die Musik Anton Bruckners, von deren Kombination aus tiefster Emotionalität und höchster Komplexität der Dirigent bereits von frühester Jugend an fasziniert war. Aus dieser Faszination resultiert auch Schallers groß-angelegtes Projekt Bruckner2024, mit dem Ziel, bis zum 200. Geburtstag Bruckners 2024 dessen wesentliche Werke in einer persönlichen Sichtweise auf CD aufzunehmen und auch aufzuführen.


Anton Bruckner
Symphonie Nr. 9 d-Moll (viersätzige Version)
Nach originalen Quellen ergänzt und vervollständigt von Gerd Schaller

Doppel-CD erschienen bei Profil Edition Günter Hänssler
Partitur und Aufführungsmaterial erhältlich bei Ries & Erler, Berlin,
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 8251049; Email: verlag@rieserler.de

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Presse, international

Bruckner: Symphony Nr. 9 with completed finale (Revised 2018)

“For the fourth movement of his Ninth Symphony Anton Bruckner left only sketches. Gerd Schaller signs already the second recording of the symphony as he completed it. In fact, he conducts a revised version of his first score. The result is fascinating because of its modernity and at the same time it sounds so familiar.”
UWE KRUSCH, PIZZICATO

“This is a gloriously fresh and spontaneous performance, notable for its clarity, resilient forward impetus and mighty climaxes, which makes a resounding impact and the Philharmonie Festiva under Gerd Schaller is in quite remarkable form. Schaller’s revised Finale completion is certainly worthy of praise and an impressive achievement, proving a cogent and fascinating indication of what might have been had Bruckner lived. In truth, I still find the completed three movements a satisfying experience, however if I ever needed confirmation of the value of a Finale completion, this is it.”
MICHAEL COOKSON, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

“Inevitably responses to the choices Schaller has made will be deeply varied and subjective, but if you are open to the very idea of a reconstructed fourth movement, played to a superlative standard by a dedicated Brucknerian who remains humble and respectful of Bruckner’s genius, I urge you to listen to this recording. As much as I esteem previous recordings of other completions, including the Wildner account of the SPCM version on Naxos and Schaller’s own recording of the estimable Carragan completion, this new issue trumps all others in terms of both sound and concept.”  RALPH MOORE; MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

“The most significant challenge for anyone completing the finale is creating a coda from the available sketches and secondary sources about Bruckner’s intentions. […] it’s a serious contribution that deserves to be heard by all interested Brucknerians.“
CHRISTIAN HOSKINS, GRAMOPHONE

„As for the performance, it was a triumph. Maestro Schaller has the measure of this symphony – which is no mean feat, and the Finale received a sharply observed and brilliant performance. […] Gerd Schaller’s latest work on this finale, informed as it is by his own undoubted musicality, his knowledge of musical theory of the sort Bruckner learnt assiduously and taught to his pupils, and his renowned accomplishment as a conductor of Bruckner’s works, is a welcome and, in performance, a thoroughly convincing and ultimately truly uplifting contribution to the ongoing project that is the finale of Bruckner’s Ninth.
[…] and to my ears succeeded wonderfully in its aim of presenting a completed Ninth as a great musical event and a shattering, revelatory spiritual journey.“
KEN WARD; THE BRUCKNER JOURNAL LONDON

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