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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 19 April 2012
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Following upon the advice and guidance of more learned commentators, I acquired this set and I am blown away by its quality - not only of the music but also of the, on average, 30 year old recordings. I have yet to listen to all the CDs (there are not enough free hours after the working day) but so far, so very, very good!

One query? ... On the whole, Wagner is very well represented ...however, the Rienzi Overture is almost 'pedestrian' compared to my Klemperer's Philharmonia Orchestra, 1960, recordings on Columbia (vinyl) and Loengrin is more 'atmospheric' there as well - I had to recheck the turntable was set at the correct speed in case I was mistaken. Just a comparitive comment, you understand.

Big thank you to Messrs Moore and Crowe, for enlightening me and directing me towards this box set.

ps To my knowledge, JR, (if you are reading this), I have never reviewed a 'Hoover'. Whatever .... As a gesture of goodwill, JR, you should know that I have edited my original post, ok? Pax vobiscum ... I hope.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2012 16:31:56 BDT
Ronald, Which version of Bruckner 8 is used? For me Haas is crucial as he left in 10 mins. of great music in the Finale from a previous version which Bruckner misguidedly cut for performance reasons. Nowak, being more fastidious left this cut in which means that 2 quiet sections run into one another without the climactic section that should separate them. Thanks. Tom Kent.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012 17:26:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Apr 2012 17:50:16 BDT
Hello Tom -I haven't reached that far yet, believe it or not. Hovever the cover notes indicate it is the 1890 version edited by Novak. Scheduled playtime for the Finale is ~ 21 minutes. Now then, my Karajan's BPO (1957) Bruckner 8th Finale lasts ~ 26 minutes but is not credited to Nowak or Haas... And my Barenboim's BPO version (1991) is creduted to Hass (1939) but runs for ~ 22 minutes only. An interesting comparison awaits methinks ! Best wishes, Ron Munro
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