I had always thought of Symphonies 3 & 7 as Bruckner's 'Wagner' symphonies, so imagine my surprise listening to the Wagner Faust Overture and hearing pre-echoes of the adagio of Bruckner's 9th. I must have heard it before but this was the first time the information became real to me. To be honest, the piece loses interest as it goes along but as a souvenir of Wagner and the 19th C. response to literature, it's perfectly enjoyable.
I'm not sure if Jascha Horenstein was a pupil, certainly an assistant to Furtwangler, and I guess probably a protegé. One thing is for sure, he was his own man as an interpreter of the classics, for despite being quite zippy in the first two movements, Horenstein's Bruckner 8 (Vienna, 1955) is not much like his legendary mentor. Straightforward, less emotionally complex, but very gratifying and despite its age smelling of roses (well, potpourri) in the Vox reissue. Gracious and compelling.
The Baden-Baden orchestra's performance of Liszt's Faust goes a long way towards bypassing the work's longueurs and is altogether charming and full of character (as well it might be). The tenor soloist has a beautiful, clear voice, the choir atmospherically caught.
All in all, a delightful reissue and one that holds its own with other oldies and more recent offerings.