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3.0 out of 5 stars " He's got huge, sharp fangs! He can leap about! Look at the bones!", 21 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Bruckner: Symphony No.9 (Audio CD)
All things have their binary opposite in the universe.

At first glance, the Rabbit of Caerbannog was nothing more than a harmless white bunny in the eyes of King Arthur and his Knights (Monty Python). Little did they know that this "foul and fearsome beast" would decimate their ranks and cause survivors to soil their suits of armour. It took nothing less than the Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch to send this monster into oblivion.

Conversely, everyone knows of Giulini's recording of Bruckner's Ninth with the Vienna Philharmonic. It is the stuff of legends. It can only be discussed reverentially(should one genuflect?). I daresay that a petition has already been flung at Deutsche Grammophon: remaster it soon! Guilt assails me as I pen this review.

If you ask me, this is Bruckner played at a funereal tempo by a great orchestra and that is about it. As such, it's a one-trick pony. Tension is seriously lacking throughout. Robert Simpson acutely said that Bruckner himelf was terrified by his own creation: I cannot hear that in this performance. Nor can I hear a meta-narrative in play. The Vienna Philarmonic being who it is, it cannot help be spasmodically impressive (and especially so when the recording is so good). That still leaves this drudgery a long way short of Furtwangler '44, Kna '50 (broadcast), Karajan '76 and Barenboim '93.

Leave this sort of glacial approach to Celibidache who has the wherewithal to sustain it.

All in all, this is the anti-Rabbit of Caerbannog.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2014, 15:29:38 GMT
Philoctetes says:
Be absolved, good fellow. A recording like this comes gift-wrapped in other people's raves and encomia, so it is all the more surprising when you fall asleep barely ten minutes into the music. Once I nearly drifted off while still on my feet and that ain't easy to do. Perhaps CMG was on livelier form in other cities.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014, 19:29:49 GMT
Mate, best wishes to you in 2014. Subjectivity is king. Here at least, we are aligned.

Best wishes, B

Posted on 7 Sep 2015, 14:05:40 BST
To losely translate from the original Swedish - "Detta är lika långsam som koda i februari! " - "This sucker is just as slow as tree sap in February!"
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