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José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, April 2014

…Tintner’s…performances are well articulated. They clearly bring out the structure of the music without any tendency to grandiloquence. For that reason in many ways Tintner offers an excellent entrée to Bruckner for non-Brucknerians. For dedicated Brucknerians, on the other hand, this set not only has some very fine performances, but also offers a rare opportunity to traverse the symphonies more or less as Bruckner originally conceived of them. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

In the mid-1990’s the Austrian-born conductor, Georg Tintner, recorded a unique and complete cycle of Bruckner symphonies issued piecemeal a few years later. It became the first recorded cycle to use the composer’s original scores, and though it was critically acclaimed at the time, we only fully realise its importance when listened to as a whole. Contemporary reports at the time of recording spoke of musicians having visual difficulty in understanding his directions—he was an octogenarian before the cycle was completed—but that he somehow always communicated and obtained his innermost wishes. That shows in playing from the Scottish and Irish orchestras that is among the best they have ever placed on disc, and in many cases surpasses those world renowned ensembles who come with a long track record of Bruckner performances. I could give you a blow by blow commentary, but it is only in the hearing that you will recognise the magnitude of Tintner’s concept, and where he uses spacious tempos, he brings a vibrancy that makes it sound so much faster than rival versions. Indeed sample any point in the First or Second symphonies where the ‘old’ man sounds so fresh and youthful. Swing to the opposite extreme with the monumental outpourings of the Eighth recorded in Ireland, and the result is suitably awe-inspiring. I could continue by pointing to performances filled with extremely fine solo playing, the principal horn in the Eight outshining the many other versions…the sound throughout is amazingly consistent and uniformly excellent. As such I commend it to you without reservation, for however many Bruckner recordings you may have in your collection, this one is just not an option but an absolute necessity. © 2014 David’s Review Corner




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, January 2014

…whether or not you agree with all of Tintner’s decisions with respect to editions, there’s no question that he justifies his choices by delivering what are arguably the best performances available of the alternative in question. This is true of that Eighth, and even more so of his astonishing Third, one of the very greatest Bruckner performances ever committed to disc. Also noteworthy: superb versions of the Seventh, Fourth, and First. The two early works, “0″ and “00″, need to be played as well as they are here. They are not great Bruckner, but Tintner’s commitment carries the day.

Sonically, these are also some of Naxos’ finest efforts, making this box an essential purchase for anyone who loves Bruckner and who missed these performances the first time around. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review





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