Notes and Editorial Reviews
This 1985 Seventh, the first release in Riccardo Chailly's 15 year-old Bruckner symphony cycle, is a wonderful performance, thankfully available again. Chailly takes a majestic view of the work. Tempos are spacious, but not dragging. The ensemble is perfectly balanced, with inner voices clearly audible, even in the big climaxes. String sound is rich and sonorous. The brass are on top of their game--you can actually hear the trumpets and the horns contest with each other in their first tutti passage, as well as in the first movement coda, where Chailly revels in the sheer orchestral splendor.
In the adagio, Chailly achieves the miracle of making both the strings and brass distinctly
audible in the great climax--even over the din of the timpani and percussion. (Georg Tintner on Naxos demonstrates how this passage can be just as moving without the percussion, the brass choir pealing out with chaste beauty.) Chailly's love of and commitment to this score extends to the last two movements (which some conductors treat as mere afterthoughts). The scherzo is highly energized, while the finale's processional air is interrupted by lively, dramatically staged outbursts. And then there are those final chords, which once again celebrate the glorious sonority of the brass. Decca's remastering for this release adds just a bit more clarity and presence to what was already a dynamic and full-sounding recording. A great Bruckner seventh.
--Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria
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