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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Like others in his Bruckner series, Georg Tintner’s Naxos recording of the Ninth Symphony is a match in every way for the finest rival versions, whatever the price. The refinement of pianissimos brings out the full mystery of the massive outer movements, while the delicate fantasy of the Scherzo is brilliantly touched on a high speed, with a touch of wildness. The final Adagio builds up in exultation: this may not have been planned as the finale, but here it becomes the most deeply satisfying conclusion. The playing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is superb, with recording at once transparent and refined, as well as weighty.



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.

As for the unfinished Ninth Symphony, in this monumental work Tintner and the Scottish National Orchestra are a match for any rival version. With its full-toned sound, beautifully judged control of pacing and dynamics, this performance is so compelling that it is veritably the jewel in the crown of the entire Naxos series. And these discs surely rank among the most significant contributions to the catalogue of recorded music of recent years.



Philip Haldeman
American Record Guide, April 2000

"This recording will please fans of Tintner's cycle. It's one of those fine, straight-arrow readings that seem to preclude much specific criticism. Tintner emphasizes clarity of texture and harmonic detail; but this does not result in a 'studied' reading without flow, or where the conductor is bent on educating the listener at all costs. I hear, amid the careful elucidation of phrases, the natural expression of musicians who are committed to delivering the composer's vision with both insight and emotion. ... The textural clarity emerges in part from the Naxos engineering."



Raymond Chapman Smith
The Advertiser (Adelaide), December 1999

"Georg Tintner's unique interpretation of Bruckner's majestic Ninth Symphony is a milestone recording...a superb testament to both composer and conductor. Tintner's unerring choice of tempi, his rare grasp of Bruckner's oceanic structure, is as awesome as the music and he draws remarkable playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra."



Billboard, November 1999

"This would be a great intro to Bruckner for any listener, as well as one of the best entrees into classical music period; that's not to mention what an apt valediction this album is for Tintner, the devoted Brucknerian."






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