It says either a lot or nothing that this is the only recording by Roger Norrington that I've kept in my colleciton. His performance of Bruckner's first ghouts on the Third Symphony from 1873 is faster than anyone else's--his rivals include Elihu Inbal on Teldec and Georg Tintner on Naxos, both of whom lead radically different-sounding readings. Norrington applies his patented "period" style, as he does to everything up to and including Mahler, but it's surprisingly effective in Bruckner. With no vibrato in the strings, hasty tempos, curt phrasing, and all the other well-known hallmarks of Norrington's approach, the Third Sym. sounds more primitive and awkward, which suits its half-gormed ideas and naive epic ambitions. Bruckner's material wasn't epic enough to go the distance, and he was wise to chop 10 min. off the work in its final revision 91888). Yet Norrington makes the original sound convincing, and it deserves to be heard. Recording and orchestral playing are up to the mark, too.
BTW the review below, strangley enough, isn't for this CD but a completely unrelated one.