Although I have only awarded 4 stars to this recording, I have no hesitation in recommending it to Bruckner fans curious to know how his 9th Symphony would probably have finished.
Make no mistake, this is a top-notch product: the orchestra, although little known, plays with undoubted virtuosity. The recording from Naxos is crisp and sharp. And I have little doubt that we are listening to the authentic voice of Bruckner in the completed last movement. At 5'20" there is, for me, the most stunning of all Bruckner brass fanfares, mercifully repeated at ~16'.
The format of the discs is sensible. The total running time of 83' is just too long to fit on one disc. So, the original three movements comprise disc one.... if you don't want the completed movement then one doesn't have to put the second disc into the player. Thus we are left with disc two containing just 23' of music: and that is why I award four stars. I can't help feeling that the spare space could very profitably have been filled with a recording of the Te Deum, the close connection of this with the 9th Symphony already being well-known.