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"To hear Schuricht at his best in the Bruckner Seventh, one must hear this 1938 recording. Fortunately Profil has done a much better job in restoring the sound...The highs are bright, yet the surface noise has virtually disappeared."
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E • Carl Schuricht, cond; Berlin PO • PROFIL PH 04061 (64:41)
In Fanfare 27:3 I noted the pioneering recordings of Bruckner’s Seventh, from Oskar Fried’s acoustical version of 1924 to Eugen Jochum’s 78s of 1939 with the Vienna Philharmonic, then newly reissued as a Hänssler CD. Jochum’s was a fine recording for its time, but the conductor went on to record the work in high fidelity monophonic and stereophonic recordings, which
equaled or surpassed the 1939 version as performances and offered far better sound.
The situation is altogether different when one considers this 1938 recording by the Berlin Philharmonic under Carl Schuricht (1880-1967). So far as I know there is only one other recording of the Seventh by this splendid conductor, leading the Hague Philharmonic in a 1964 recording, and it was not successful. Surprisingly poor sound made both the Nonesuch LP and Preludio CDs uncompetitive. To hear Schuricht at his best in the Bruckner Seventh, one must hear this 1938 recording. Fortunately Profil has done a much better job in restoring the sound than Dante Lys managed 10 years ago. The highs are bright, yet the surface noise has virtually disappeared. For its age this is commendable sound, and Schuricht leads a fine orchestra in a performance full of nice touches, but free of eccentricities. This disc should appeal to fans of the conductor and the composer, and collectors of historic recordings.
-- Robert McColley, Fanfare
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1938
Venue: Staatsoper, Unter den Linden, Berlin
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