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Bruckner:Symphony No 7

Chailly , Rso Berlin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00003ZA6F
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 7 In E Major: I Allegro moderato
2. Symphony No. 7 In E Major: II Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
3. Symphony No. 7 In E Major: III Scherzo: Sehr schnell - Trio: Etwas langsamer
4. Symphony No. 7 In E Major: IV Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bruckner 7th 17 April 2010
By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Re-mastered 1987 recording. A very majestic approach to the work with broad sweeping tempi, creating great waves of swelling romantic sound in a rich sonorous context of luxuriant string sounds, brilliant brass and clear inner voices especially the woodwinds. Sheer orchestral splendor taking you on a journey to a fantasy world outside of time and place. Magnificent. One of the all time best Bruckner 7th's.
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This is one of my favourite Bruckner symphonies and I have several celebrated readings in my collection but this one still sets the bar for richly detailed, clearly realistic sound and it is a very beautiful performance. I have occasionally found that Chailly can almost sound too detached for my taste in some of his recordings, as I end up admiring rather than being more deeply responsive to his interpretations, but here intensely beautiful playing within a convincingly dynamic architecture is enriched with music making that retains a powerful emotional charge. a great recording is always a great recording and this has been a great recording since it was first recorded in 1980s. Karajan, Haitink, Jochum (the DG Berlin performance is even more memorable than the later Dresden account), Giulini, Solti in Chicago, Wand have all given of their best in this symphony and this disc is an invaluable addition to this handful of great performances and for me it is the most atmospherically recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Performance 22 Jan 2005
By ludwig - Published on Amazon.com
This the only performance I know that preserves the Cosmic breath that is supposed to be in Bruckner's Music.

I knew Chailli's performance in 1985, and after 20 years and many other conductors, I'm still thinking this is the reference recording. (I also have Wand,Rattle,Karajan (2),Giulini,Jochum,Masur Tintner, this is one of my favorite Sympnoies).

Note the stunning codas in the first and forth movements,

I'm an Astronomer, and when I hear this performance, I always imagine Galaxies Supernovas ,Quasars and stuff like that, maybe is a proffesional deviation.

(forgive my english , in not my native language)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Performance of Bruckner's 7th Symphony, But.... 11 Nov 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
This splendid recording of Chailly conducting the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin is widely acclaimed as one of the finest versions of Bruckner's 7th Symphony. Truly, it is a magnificent, stirring account greatly aided by Decca's excellent sound quality. If price isn't an issue, then this is the Bruckner 7th Symphony recording to buy. However, I am appalled by Decca's decision to reissue this mid 1980's recording at full price; a more prudent choice would have been reissuing it as a budget CD which Decca's colleagues at Deutsche Grammophon and Philips have done for many of their early digital releases. Otherwise, I would recommend finding a cheap copy of Solti's fine account with the Chicago Symphony (London/Decca) or taking a look at Masur's underrated performance with the New York Philharmonic (Teldec).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wholly Satisfying Performance of Bruckner's Seventh 2 Jun 2008
By Moldyoldie - Published on Amazon.com
This was my third or fourth exposure to a Bruckner symphony back when this was originally released in the mid-'80s to much critical acclaim. It's certainly more expansive than Klemperer/Philharmonia's Seventh on EMI, my earlier introduction to the work, and has a wonderful sense of balance in both structure and execution. Tempos aren't allowed to veer to seeming extremes from a generally deliberate and wholly satisfying median. Harmonies and counterpoints are melded well to make for a lucid, firmly organic musical journey that neither sags nor shockingly stampedes. The second movement Adagio, in my opinion the heart of this work, is sublimely rendered. The third movement Scherzo swells and ebbs with firm intensity; dynamic climaxes convey appropriate drama and sonic heft. The digital recording is bright, vivid, spacious, and not at all glary. Was I "moved" by this performance? Yes, I was.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Challenges of Anton Bruckner 25 Feb 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Anton Bruckner is one of several composers of serious symphonies who have endured a checkered legacy. For those who submit to Bruckner's gargantuan, at times bumbling, but at all times deeply moving spiritual symphonies (and I admit to being in that group), then there cannot be enough recordings of his symphonies. This recording of the 7th is among the finest for many reasons, not the least of which is the overall arching concept of the work by Riccardo Chailly and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra as recorded in 1985. The Sonics are rich and full and the orchestral sound is particularly fine.

For those who like to champion isolated recordings of the 'definitive reading' then they will have problems with this CD. No, Chailly does not have the majestic poetry that the sadly deleted Giulini recording with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra had, nor does it probe the depths in the manner of Furtwangler or Walter. But in those recordings the overall effect is one of bigger than life scale. Chailly pays more attention to the little things that make this symphony different.

But then perhaps having just heard the masterfully played performance with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the acoustic marvel that is Disney Hall has opened these ears to the magic that CAN be made of Bruckner's endlessly stop/start lines, crescendoing climaxes that could lead to aborted thuds were it not for the sensitivity of the details being drawn during these moments of tension - details that like puzzle pieces explain just why Bruckner's symphonies do make solid sense despite the numerous 'revisions' to which the composer was subject. Salonen is the only conductor I know who can make all of the inner voices sing in a way that the whole is a splendid cohesion of all of the parts.

Having heard these referenced details for the first time, I can return to this Chailly recording with a greater appreciation for his accomplishment. Not that it is nearly as illuminating as what Salonen can achieve, but until Salonen records the 7th this performance is among the best. Grady Harp, February 2005
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the full price, Decca ! 23 Mar 2000
By N. Daniele Pietro - Published on Amazon.com
The one above shown is not a rating of the performance , which has been widely praised for both interpretation and sound, but it's a rating of Decca' behavior. This is a reissue of a mid-80's release with an updated, glossy booklet, astutely echoingthe graphics of the recent 6th with the Concertgebouw ! Even worse, it was already re-issued in the budget series Eclipse (around 7 $!) AND with a Mahler fill-up. That series has widely circulated in Europe but I have to admit that I don't know if it was ever issued in the US. Still, if this is an example of the label policies now that Decca has been taken over by Universal Music, well, bad times are coming.
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