Notes and Editorial Reviews
Quite simply these are some of the most stirring Bruckner interpretations on disc. Which is not to say there aren’t technical drawbacks. The recordings (all ‘live’ and apparently without edits) have a rough-hewn quality, the playing of the Stuttgart RSO isn’t exactly polished either, and from time to time Celibidache’s energetic foot-stamping obtrudes as he urges the orchestra on to even greater heights of intensity. There are a few minor musical weirdnesses as well... the timpanist seems to suffer from a minor brainstorm at the climax of the Adagio of No. 7.
And yet, in spite of all this, the performances are gripping... A must for Brucknerians, and a challenge for sceptics.
-- BBC Music Magazine
...[S]erious record collectors will often settle for less than ideal sound, and less than perfect orchestral quality, if conductor and musicians are still managing to say things both profound and original about the great music they are performing. That is certainly the case with Deutsche Grammophon's Swedish and Stuttgart Bruckner. Celi shapes each movement of each symphony in a powerfully convincing fashion, and these performances are much closer to conventional lengths than his later Munich performances...
-- Robert McColley, FANFARE [7/2001]
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria
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