Karl Böhm was a great brucknerian. This album includes a fairly reputated
4th symphony but a really great and thrilling 3rd, that is for my taste the
best ever put to record. Böhm's skillful conducting in Bruckner is always
judicious and masterly appropiated to the score and composer's intentions.
He doesn't manage with any kind of interventionism and let the music speak
for itself. The Wiener Philharmoniker under Böhm, as usual, plays heavenly,
and they showed special inspiration when those recordings were done. You'll
listen a bit spartan and stoic approach to the 4th, and perhaps someone will
miss the wonderful intensity of a Jochum or even Karajan in EMI, but Böhm's conception is also a valid one. On the other hand, everything in his 3rd is perfect, beginning from the selected version, that is the 1.889 last Bruckner revision, for my taste the most convincent of all. Wonderful phrasing,
excellently judged tempi and balance and a sample of one of the best
collaborations between Böhm and the Wiener Philharmoniker. This album is a
jewel and a must for every Bruckner collection. For the 3rd symphony, this
could be the obvious choice for anyone who want to get just one version.