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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.

Gerald Fenech
MusicWeb International, May 1999

Georg Tintner is obviously a conductor with a real feel for the score and I would go as far to say that along with Gunter Wand, he is the only real representative of the Bruckner school left to us… The conductor’s notes are highly informative and are one of the redeeming features of what is bound to be an authoritative series… © 1999 MusicWeb International

Robert Layton
Gramophone, February 1999


Richard Osborne recommended Georg Tintner, an echt [genuine] Brucknerian if ever there was one, an intuitive and selfless interpreter… © 1999 Gramophone

Richard Osborne
Gramophone, December 1998

… the fullest of all the versions to come from the Bruckner Society has just been recorded (“And how!”as they used to say) by Georg Tintner and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on Naxos. With Karajan’s recording currently available only as part of a nine-CD set, and with the workmanlike Chailly (Haas) and Solti (Nowak) recordings more beta plus than alpha minus in style and interpretation, the budget-price Tintner version is currently the one to choose. © 1998 Gramophone

Robert McColley
Fanfare, November 1998

The Irish band plays for him as if divinely inspired; this immediately takes its place in the first rank of Bruckner Second recordings, regardless of price or edition. © 1998 Fanfare

Robert Stumpf
Classical Net, July 1998

Anyway, this is no contest, Tintner’s Bruckner 2nd has it all over Chailly’s. © 1998 Classical Net

American Record Guide, July 1998

… Tintner knows his Bruckner, and this is a great recording. © 1998 American Record Guide

Jerome Hoberman
RTHK Radio 4, June 1998

Georg Tintner is an inspired choice for these Bruckner recordings from Naxos… His combination of intense scholarship and inherited tradition, combined with a superb ear and confident, patient leadership are ideal ingredients for a conductor of Bruckner in particular. For Tintner’s natural, unforced flow, for the fine, committed playing of the Irish orchestra, this new release becomes a first choice. © 1998 RTHK Radio 4

Christopher Fifield
BBC Music Magazine, May 1998

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

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 exceptional record."

Stereoplay (Germany), May 1998

[translation] “… Tintner lovingly displays the details of the work with his very beautiful-sounding Irish orchestra. A highlight in the repertoire of the budget label Naxos.” © 1998 Stereoplay (Germany)

James Manishen
Winnipeg Free Press, April 1998

This second release… leaves no doubt that Tintner is among today’s eminent Brucknerians. © 1998 Winnipeg Free Press

Classic CD

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

Tower Records: Prime Cuts (UK)

Tintner’s perceptive, dedicated conducting marks him as a Brucknerian to his fingertips; his informative notes help appreciate this version’s features. © Tower Records: Prime Cuts (UK)

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