Korean Symphony Orchestra

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Korean Symphony Orchestra

(Mostly for Parla.........our "Eastern" expert)

 

I've recently come across a batch of Bruckner recordings by the Korean Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hun-Joung Lim on Decca. Any good? I usually grab any and all Bruckner, but I can't find anything on this outfit at all.........

 

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Lim Hun-Joung's Brukner and more.

I was also surprised when I saw the Decca International releasing, as a worldwide CD box, this set of Bruckner Symphonies that initially were released from Decca Korea for internal or maximum regional use. I did not dare to touch them for one main reason: Korean Orchestras and soloists are technically excellent (and they are fast learners) but they lack brilliance that comes from a deep understanding and dedication to their Art. In any case, they live in a very business oriented society. Art is a mere part of it.

As for the Orchestra itself, the Korean Symphony Orchestra is one of the "main" Seoul-based Orchestras. It is not bad at all, but it simply survives thanks to the enough funding and the still good organisation and management. Its reputation is limited and, even from my limited live experience, they lag far behind the much better and well promoted Seoul Philharmonic.

However, the conductor Lim Hun-Joung (this is the correct sequence of his name) is a serious man with some prestigious projects done, very well respected in his homeland, less known and appreciated in the region. In a couple of live performances as well as TV programmes I have seen, he seems a very solid conductor and a man he means business.

As for the particular recording of the set of Bruckner Symphonies, obviously in Korea it is well promoted, advertised and, inevitably, appreciated. Be mindful that he uses some dubious and not that "credited" editions in some Symphonies, opting mostly for the latest editions: He uses the more common Haas edition for Symph. nos. 4, 6 & 8, the Nowak for 7 & 9, while for nos. 1 & 2 he uses the latest edition of the revised version of 1892-3 by Curill Hynais. For no. 3 he uses the also not that preferred Raeting edition of 1890. Finally, for the Fifth, he opted for the also rare Schalk edition of the revised version of 1892-4.

Apparently, he admires Knappertsbusch, Scherchen or Schuricht who used these rare editions.

Finally, if you chase any rewarding recording of Bruckner Symphonies, I hope you have (in any form) some of Asahina's recordings on Exton (the very best of Asia's contribution to Bruckner and not only), the ongoing series of Inbal's ones with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (on Exton) or the ongoing very audacious series of Remy Ballo on Gramola, just to name only three not often mentioned recordings.

Best wishes.

Parla

Thanks Parla. Perhaps I will

Thanks Parla. Perhaps I will give these a miss then.........I don't exactly need another mediocre set. I will look out of the Asahina, though. I have heard them mentioned a few times........

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