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Wildner's strong performance of the complete Bruckner 9 injects cogency into problematic finale,
This review is from: Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (with reconstructed Finale) (Audio CD)
This is a splendid achievement: the posthumously-completed finale evinces a cogency that is entirely lacking in, for example, Talmi's recording for Chandos. Having said that, the finale is always likely to seem banal following the three movements beyond which few conductors proceed. In fact, Bruckner was not averse to such seemingly perverse blendings: the Scherzo and Finale of the indubitably successful Symphony 7 appear distinctly slight and banal after that work's two weighty first movements.
Wildner is relatively-unknown but excellent in this age of plenty regarding conductors. In addition to his Bruckner, I have recordings of his Schubert: Wildner's Schubert 9 is a long-breathed, patient performance which emphasizes its status as a precursor to Bruckner' symphonies.
Another point: Wildner's Westphalian orchestra is successor to the Westphalian Symphony Orchestra of Recklinghausen. It made Bruckner recordings under Hubert Reichert for Vox: I have their Bruckner 6 which according to John Berky's superb website originates from the early-1960s. In an attractively natural acoustic - if with somewhat edgy string sound - it is predominantly admirable: an idiomatic recording from a time when such could not be guaranteed for Bruckner. Wildner seems to have built on a successful tradition.