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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner Symphonies 7 & 9
Monolithic performance by on of the greatest 20th century conductors, Fűrtwangler. You get the Cairo version of the 7th (I prefer the 1944 Berlin performance) and the Berlin version of the 9th. An intuitive grasp of Bruckner and one of the best orchestras in the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Manic-depressive
Manic: the 9th symphony, taped in 1944 (not sure Furt played it again after this concert). Overwhelming sense of drama, way too much considering the fact that this symphony is an "Abschied". The first two movements lend themselves well to these big dynamics and some sort of race to oblivion but the 3rd movement is way too operatic for comfort and seems to contradict what...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner Symphonies 7 & 9, 31 July 2009
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This review is from: Bruckner: Symphonies 7 & 9 (Audio CD)
Monolithic performance by on of the greatest 20th century conductors, Fűrtwangler. You get the Cairo version of the 7th (I prefer the 1944 Berlin performance) and the Berlin version of the 9th. An intuitive grasp of Bruckner and one of the best orchestras in the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Manic-depressive, 10 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Bruckner: Symphonies 7 & 9 (Audio CD)
Manic: the 9th symphony, taped in 1944 (not sure Furt played it again after this concert). Overwhelming sense of drama, way too much considering the fact that this symphony is an "Abschied". The first two movements lend themselves well to these big dynamics and some sort of race to oblivion but the 3rd movement is way too operatic for comfort and seems to contradict what Furtwängler tried to do in the first two movements. The whole performance therefore gives you a sense of inconsistency - I know this 9th is viewed by most as the alpha and omega of Brucker recordings but not my cup of tea at all.
Depressive: The 7th, taped in 1951. This is marginally better than the 1949 7th (as the orchestra is in better shape) and it is true that the "appeased" aspect of Furt's conducting that we have noticed in the 1949 7th gives the adagio more lyricism and more breathing space, particularly versus the 1949 stern performance. However, there is absolutely no tension and the music unfolds, with no particular viewpoint, as if conductor and musicians were on autopilot.
Sorry, but I was quite disappointed by these two recordings (and I made sure I listened to each symphony twice, to avoid tiredness and/or unnecessarily bias).
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