Bruckner composed his 2nd Symphony in 1871-72, but then went on to make a number of revisions to the score between 1873 and 1877. He also made some minor changes in 1892. Compared to the original 1872 score, the later versions involve the reversal of the order of the two inner movements, changes to the orchestration, and various cuts (mainly in the scherzo). Because the later versions offer what could be argued as only marginal improvements to the symphony, there is a strong case for hearing, if not actually preferring, the uncut 1872 version as presented here.
As a result of using the original score, Tintner's performance lasts 71 minutes. This is about 10 minutes longer than recordings by conductors who use one of the later versions of the score. Tintner's is a very well presented and played performance. On the negative side, however, I don't find the performance as compelling as the recordings I own by Barenboim, Jochum and Karajan. In particular, no one matches Karajan either in the wonderful slow movement or in the visionary episode around 5 minutes into the finale.
Naxos's recording quality is good, although slightly lacking in bass. Given the rarity of recordings of the 1872 version of the score, I'm pleased I have Tintner's performance in my collection, but I must admit I tend to use it more for reference than enjoyment.