In 2070, all over the world symphony orchestras are scarce. The ones that are left over have to do without any subsidies at all and rely on the money of some local sponsors still interested in classical music. Because much of the classical music ever written relies on the lay out of the classical orchestra orchestral managers couldn't easily cut down woodwind or brass players, and many times you can't do without a timpanist (unless you'll change to string orchestra), so they brilliantly cut down the strings. Problem solved! So from around the 2050s orchestras started to play Tchaikofsky, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss (R.), with a minimum of strings. (We even got a Ring des Nibelungen with an orchestra of 20 and Wotan singing a double bill as Brunnhilde, nobody cared, it was a resounding success!). Although purists stayed at home many people eventually got used to it and within 10 years it was common practice and eventually the remaining record company (Naxos) recorded some of this music anew! Happily the older generation cherished their very old CD's with recordings by for example the Oslo Philharmonic orchestra under Maris Jansons (in those times - the 1980/90s - they really had 105 players on the pay roll!, wow!) or the very very old Mravinsky recordings from Leningrad - where's that? - or etc. If you buy this CD you can listen to the future. And if you're interested in that it's a very good performance but it doesn't work. You'll miss the opulent warm string tone Tchaikofsky needs, this is like an emperor without clothes on.
Unless you don't take my review seriously another title for my review could be: how to eliminate your record company by issuing drab outings like this? If mr. von Bahr from BIS goes on on this path, he'll certainly manages to do so.