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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful playing, 28 May 2013
John Chandler (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 4 & 7 [Christian Thielemann, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra] [C Major: 712304] [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
After years playing under Celibidache this orchestra understands Bruckner like few others and it sounds like it! The playing under the ice-cold Thielemann is wonderful. The video I found less good. Thielemann offers no emotion and camera time on his expressionless face is almost time wasted after a while. This is particularly apparent in the opening to the second movement of the 7th when the lugubrious Wagner tubas get no video time at all although they do appear later. Overall the colour balance is a bit too blue, the 4th more so than the 7th, and the video director favours quite frequent and somewhat over-long lap dissolves that I found irritating as both cameras are put out of focus during these dissolves so that nothing is very clear. The Barenboim 4th is just as well played, albeit with the earlier version of the symphony, but the video suited my taste better. In the 7th the Welser-Möst disc has slightly brighter video but is played a lot faster which Celibidache might not have approved of although it sounds wonderful to me! There is of course also the Celibidache 7th on Blu-ray that is just so different it cannot really be compared but is a magical experience not to be missed.
This release does however deliver two symphonies for the price of one and both are beautifully played. If you do not mind a less than ideal video and the somewhat mechanical Thielemann then this disc has a lot to commend it. I am happy to stick with Barenboim for the 4th and either Thielemann or Welser-Möst for a "regular" 7th but will never forgo the Celibidache.
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