C1340. SIEGMUND von HAUSEGGER Cond. Munich Phil.: Symphony #9 in d [Original Edition] (Bruckner). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-259, recorded 1938, the first recording of the complete work. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"To von Hausegger fell the honor of the first recording [of the Bruckner 9th]. His 1938 set of 78s with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra is thoroughly convincing, idiomatic and solidly shaped. Steeped in German tradition, it projects an unmistakable image of repressed feeling seething beneath a superficially placid surface."
- Peter Gutmann, Classical Notes
“von Hausegger was the first conductor to perform Anton Bruckner's Symphony #9 in its original form. The symphony had been posthumously premiered in a version which had been substantially edited by Ferdinand Löwe. Löwe made changes to the harmonies, dynamics and phrasing in a bid to make the symphony more acceptable to the public. On 2 April 1932, Hausegger presented a concert in which the symphony was performed twice by the Munich Philharmonic; first in Löwe's version, then using Bruckner's original autograph. Today the symphony is almost always presented in Bruckner's original form. von Hausegger made the first commercial recording of the symphony with the Munich Philharmonic in 1938, using that edition.”
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011