, July 2011
The second disc available for review features a 1958 performance pairing the Bruckner Seventh with Haydn’s cheery Symphony No. 98. This proves to be a strong combination, with the Haydn clearing the palate for the heavy meal to come.
Here, the cheery Haydn symphony (one of the twelve written for London at the end of the composer’s long career) is just right, an old-school performance on modern instruments played with joy and precision.
The Bruckner Seventh is presented here in the Nowak edition, a slightly shorter version of this massive score. Although the small army of horns and Wagner tubas that make up Bruckner’s wall of sound do not always translate well in monaural sound, this is still a powerful, noble performance. Mr. Munch takes most of the tempos briskly, leading a streamlined performance that still packs a satisfying punch.