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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Georg Tintner here opts for the edition of the original (1872) score, presenting the work at its most expansive and with the middle two movements in reverse order from usual. The Scherzo has an extra repeat, but more important is the expansion of both the slow movement and the finale, here presented in concentrated performances that feel not a moment too long. The coda of the Andante brings a horn solo at the very end (substituted by Herbeck in 1876), challenging too the player, which is more strikingly beautiful than the clarinet solo with which Bruckner replaced it. Excellent, refined playing from the Irish orchestra and full, rich sound, with the brass gloriously caught.



Terry Barfoot
MusicWeb International, June 2000

To record the complete Bruckner symphonies is a major undertaking, not to be taken lightly by any of those involved: conductor, orchestra, recording engineers, record company. Therefore it needs to be said at the outset that Naxos has achieved a triumph, nothing less. The only tragedy is that the conductor, Georg Tintner, is no longer alive to witness its full acknowledgement.

Tintner (born 1917), like so many musicians, fled his native Austria before the Nazi threat and made a worthwhile but largely unnoticed career in Australasia, Canada and, occasionally, Europe. These recordings, dating from 1995-98, brought him a recognition that was long overdue. For Tintner’s love and understanding of Bruckner are beyond question. Tempi, phrasing and architecture always feel right, and the structural control of each of the symphonies is never less than assured.

The release of the Symphony no. 1 is still awaited, but No. 2 has recently appeared and is among the best performances ever recorded. Known as the Pausen symphony on the grounds that the development of the material requires the effective use of pauses between potent phrases, the music is lovingly shaped by Tintner, with exactly the right tempi and balances to make the most of the special expressive effects Bruckner had in mind.




Gramophone, May 1998

"It is a beautifully shaped performance, characterfully played and vividly recorded....Make no mistake, it [National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland] is a first-rate ensemble...an exceptional record."



BBC Music Magazine

"...he [Tintner] is a Brucknarian of the stature of G_nter Wand."



Classic CD

"Tintner conducts a refreshingly direct Second, obviously thoroughly rehearsed and verh well recorded....this is an excellent Bruckner release."






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