A contemporary critic slated its 'nightmarish hangover style', but Bruckner's last completed symphony contains music of sheer, breathtaking magnificence, writes Tom Service
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Anton Bruckner: The Collection is an impressive box of 20 CDs released by Profil, one of the labels of Edition Günter Hänssler. It is far from a complete account of all 149 entries in theWerkverzeichnis Anton Bruckners catalog, nor does it cover all 131 entries that precede the sections for “Lost works,” “Sketches,” “Doubtful works,” and “Addendum.” However, it is a generously representative sample that covers all but one of the entries in the “Orchestral works” section (including the two symphonies preceding the first in C minor (WAB 101), a fair share from “Sacred choral music,” and all of the chamber music for strings.