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Bruckner: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9, Te Deum - Karajan

Bruckner: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9, Te Deum - Karajan

Universal (Japan)  UCGG-9117/9 (3 discs)

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral


Bruckner: Symphonies 7-9, Te Deum
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano)
Agnes Baltsa (alto)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
José van Dam (bass)
Wiener Singverein
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

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Comment by aquarius510123 - January 31, 2018 (1 of 2)

Symphonies 7 and 8 are NOT the more highly regarded versions that were recorded by Karajan in the late 80's with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Comment by Ramesh Nair - February 28, 2018 (2 of 2)

I just received this set. Disc 1 also includes Karajan's recording of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, from 1977. Confusingly the front cover art of this 3 SACD set makes no mention of its inclusion. I dimly recall that the Bruckner 7 was originally issued on a double LP set with the Wagner on side 4, which would explain its appearance on the disc.
This performance of the Siegfried Idyll is marvellous. It's well-groomed as was Karajan's style, yet lacks the mannerisms of excess string legato playing that marred many individual movements of his later recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. It lasts for 19'34'', which is a good three minutes more leisurely than Toscanini's celebrated 1930s NYP recording. The flute in particular is sublime. I wondered whether the performer was James Galway, who was a member of the BPO for a number of years. If so, he was yet to develop the somewhat 'pingy' sound that characterised his later solo-superstar recordings.