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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Like his other Bruckner recording for Naxos, Tintner’s account of No. 7 brings a performance both subtle and refined, concentrated from first to last, often at spacious speeds. The glow of Brucknerian sound is caught beautifully, with the full nobility of the slow movement brought out. The Scherzo is not as rugged as it can be but, with sprung rhythms, the dance element is infectious. An outstanding bargain to rival any version.

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 Seventh Symphony contains one of the most straightforward authenticity issues in Bruckner. Should there or should there not be a cymbal clash at the climax of the slow moment? Opinions vary, the evidence is far from clear-cut, and the music is strong enough to triumphantly accommodate either approach. Tintner leaves it out, opting instead for full sonority which the orchestra and the Naxos engineers support to the full. The pacing and phrasing of the whole performance is quite splendid, and even among the other fine performances this rates as extra special. The way that the beautifully lyrical opening phase of the symphony is phrased and balanced confirms that a master is at work. Even those who own alternative excellent performances—and this symphony is well served on disc—should add Tintner to their collections.

Gramophone, March 2000

Georg Tintner also demonstrates a firm grasp of structure, inspiring the RSNO to new heights. At super-budget price this account exists on a far higher plane than most of its costlier rivals and will do nicely as a first choice. © 2000 Gramophone

Robert McColley
Fanfare, September 1999

This series has so far been very well received, and this Seventh… should enhance its reputation still more. The Scottish orchestra plays eloquently, and the conductor’s canny pacing of this familiar work is flawless from beginning to end. © 1999 Fanfare

John McKelvey
American Record Guide, September 1999

Tintner’s performances evoke images of he mountains and valleys, meadows and forsts of the Alpine hinterlands of upper Austria—Bruckner’s homeland. The Seventh has rounded contours and is flowing, not slow but unhurried, the climaxes built gradually, with insight and loving care. It is managed at a level of skill and understanding not often equalled. It sounds like Bruckner. It generates more electricity than some of the loudest versions. © 1999 American Record Guide

Antony Hodgson
Hi-Fi News & Record Review, August 1999

… Tintner’s firm sense of progress is exhilarating: no droopy ends of phrases, striding full brass onslaughts, and finally, thrilling inevitability in the coda… © 1999 Hi-Fi News & Record Review

Michael Jameson
Classic CD, June 1999

Tintner gives a keenly judged, lucid and warmly affectionate account of the work. The RSNO play with commitment, and eloquence, the Adagio proving especially moving here. © 1999 Classic CD

The Scotsman, May 1999

Tintner really gets to grips with the magnificent vistas and shattering climaxes of this tremendous work… the RSNO are in top form throughout, responding superbly to Tintner’s visionary conducting. Another triumph in this excellent series. © 1999 The Scotsman

William Mival
BBC Radio 3, May 1999

…an outstanding new recording of music by another famous late-achiever - the seventh symphony by the composer Anton Bruckner… The orchestra here in this new Naxos recording is the Royal Scottish National, and they play with a wonderful sense of confidence. Any orchestral player will tell you how easy it is for even only very slight insecurities on the part of a conductor to transfer to the performers…  But here, under Tintner, is a performance that doesn’t just feel safe, it’s got the kind of security that might even impress your insurance company! … Tintner is much more though than just a safe pair of hands. The quite extraordinary assurance and confidence here is a means to a very musical end. … I really recommend this disc and not just because it’s another bargain on the budget-priced Naxos label. This is the kind of performance that wins listeners to a composer. … If you’re still a bit of a waverer when it comes to Bruckner then you might well find that this version of the Seventh Symphony with Georg Tintner and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is what you’ve been waiting for. © 1999 BBC Radio 3

Duncan Hadfield
The Independent, May 1999

Veteran conductor George Tintner’s budget Bruckner cycle is shaping up nicely. © 1999 The Independent

Classic FM, May 1999

Georg Tintner continues his distinguished and dedicated survey of the Bruckner symphonies. © 1999 Classic FM

Richard Osborne
Gramophone, April 1999

Since there are no recommendable budget, let along super-budget recordings of Bruckner Seventh symphony… this will do nicely. It is a finely schooled performance, chaste and discreet, with a notable reading of the Adagio… Tintner… writes the two excellent booklet notes… A notable bargain… © 1999 Gramophone

Ates Orga
BBC Music Magazine, April 1999

His grasp of the long phrase. of melodic rise and fall, of big, sweeping paragraphs finely detailed orchestrally, shows an instinctively natural Brucknerian… this is a reading to compare with such vintage Haas/Nowak greats as von Matacic … or the Karajan Berlin epic for EMI… © 1999 BBC Music Magazine

David Hurwitz

Georg Tintner’s generally excellent survey of the complete Bruckner symphonies for Naxos reaches a peak with this exceptional performance of the Seventh. What makes Tintner such a wonderful Bruckner conductor is his unerring ability to set a naturally flowing tempo for each of Bruckner’s thematic complexes. The result, in the first movement, is richly contrasted, but never eccentric or disruptive of Bruckner’s musical architecture. Tintner’s flexibility gives the opening a genuinely powerful sense of momentum that makes the following slow Movement sound all the more inevitable… Add to these several pluses a splendidly rich recording, and the result is as fine a Seventh as you’re likely to hear-and a steal at budget price. ©

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