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on 31 March 2011
I share the opinions of earlier reviewers here that this performance merits a very strong "Buy":
(a) The orchestra are excellent - clearly well studied and rehearsed, and yet sounding fresh. Some of the phrasing in the woodwind is utterly inspired!
(b) The recording is very good indeed: tonally first-rate, plenty of dynamic range, and nicely balanced (the horns are equal to the rest of the brass, and the string and the woodwind detail is still to be heard amid the tutti)
(c) The extra movement (this will take me some getting used to after 35 years of accepting it as a 3-movement unfinished work). At the moment it seems a bit odd and detached, but I will work on it.
(d) The conductor seems to have really got under the skin of Bruckner. Where he occasionally deviates from "conventional" readings, you feel that he does this from the heart, and there are flashes of interpretive genius along the way: more than once I found myself saying "Yes!" to myself, aloud. These more than outweigh the (for me) excessive legato of the opening strings in the first movement - my only surprise on the downside.

For me, Gunter Wand will always be the most sublime of Bruckner interpreters, but this CD shows that there is a place of honour for able conductors with other approaches.
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