I had the privilege of being in Berlin to hear one of the concerts that were recorded for this CD and the impact was unique in my experience.
It is only a pity that the performance of Schubert's "Unfinished" - another Wand speciality - from the first half of the concert has not also been commercially released.
Reviewers across Europe have already singled this recording out as the finest to have been made of this powerful yet haunting valedictory work.
There is no conductor active today who knows more about Bruckner than Wand, and he has never drawn upon that long lifetime of experience to more potent effect.
The pacing of the work, with detailed dynamics and more rubato than one might expect, is immensely powerful - shatteringly so in some respects. The playing of this great orchestra is magnificently caught by the RCA engineers and it is hard to imagine a better Bruckner recording ever being made.
A real Desert Island Disc.