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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Georg Tintner opts for the earliest version of the Symphony No. 1. The principal differences here are the finale, which brings angular writing and orchestration that is more radical than in the revisions. Tintner in his dedicated performance, with refined playing from the Scottish orchestra, amply justifies his choice, powerfully bringing out the bald originality of the writing. The generous makeweight also offers a rare text, a version of the slow movement of Symphony No. 3, which was composed in 1876. Again the intensity and refinement of the performance sustain the expansiveness compellingly. Clear, atmospheric sound, at once transparent and weighty in climaxes.

William W. Starr
The State, March 2001

"The final two releases from this huge recording project are now available, and they continue to document performances of genuine stature. Tintner is a very understanding conductor of Bruckner, and he secures committed performances from the Scottish orchestra for these seldom-heard piecesĀ­KThe Scottish orchestra plays responsively, and Tintner shows that he knows the craggy corners of Bruckner's writing in ways that elude most conductors. This recording-indeed, Tintner's entire Bruckner cycle-is highly recommended, not to mention that it comes at a low price."

Robert McColley
Fanfare, October 2000

"...Tintner's 55-minute reading of the First Symphony is as good a place to start with this amazing work as any, and perhaps better than most because it is a jump ahead of the competition. Almost everyone has agreed that in the case of this symphony Bruckner's first thoughts were his best, and here we have them in their purest form. Of course that would hardly be an advantage if this were a dull performance, but in fact it is charged with the veteran conductor's special kind of drama and grandeur.

"For Bruckner specialists Tintner's series has extraordinary value quite apart from the consistently high standards of performance. Fully abreast of Bruckner scholarship, Tintner recorded early versions of the First, Second, Third, and Eighth Symphonies, introducing these distinctive and valuable version of the low-cost field for the first time, and, as explained above, giving us the first recording of the true 1866 version of the First. He not only recorded the unnumbered symphonies (F-Minor, and the early D-Minor, nicknamed 'Die Nullte' by Bruckner) but played them so persuasively as to convince us they belong in the canon.

"A gifted writer, Tintner drew on his scholarship as well as his conduction to produce a superior set of notes for the entire series, equally interesting for their accurate information and bold opinions."

Andrew Clements
The Guardian, August 2000

"Bruckner's First Symphony, or rather the first symphony that he honoured with a number, is usually heard in the revised version, edited by Robert Haas, that the composer produced in 1877, nine years after the premiere. But conductor Georg Tintner, in the last, sadly posthumous instalment in his excellent Bruckner cycle for Naxos, conducts a text that is shorn of those revisions.

"This, for the first time on CD, is the symphony exactly as Bruckner conceived it in 1866. The differences are often quite small, but in the finale there are extensive passages that are totally new, moments when Bruckner pushed the harmonic boundaries in directions he subsequently thought better of. It's a fascinating document, sometimes awkward, sometimes brash, and delivered with great spaciousness by Tintner and the RSNO. As a bonus, the disc filler is more unknown Bruckner: a version of the slow movement of the Third symphony that has only recently come to light."

Stephen Pettitt
, August 2000

"This is the first recording of Bruckner's first score for his First Symphony. The first three movements vary little in comparison with the final published version, but the finale is a different matter, with whole chunks that are unfamiliar. Here it comes across as brash, young man's music, with odd exploratory passages recalling the harmonic adventures of Berlioz or Liszt, though the path to those great edifices of granite that close later Bruckner works is already clear. The performance is excellent, though occasionally, at moments of high exposure, the upper string tone falters. The late Georg Tintner lends an impressive richness and clarity to the texture: his pacing and phrasing have a natural easiness. A recently discovered version of the Adagio of the Third Symphony makes a fascinating filler."

American Record Guide, May 2000

"De Maria's liquid and delicate passage-work displays a superb technical assurance, complementing his expressive tone. This is an exceptionally fine, colorful and imaginative recording."

"This is the last of Georg Tintner's Bruckner recordings for Naxos, and it's one of the best. In fact, there isn't anything in this performance that Tintner does effortless is Tintner's command of Bruckner's sense of scale and pacing. The recent, tragic death of this fine artist was a loss to music lovers everywhere, but in consistently fulfilling the very special promise of his Bruckner recordings for Naxos, he has left us an enduring musical testament that will keep his memory and work alive for generations. And that is cause for celebration, which I am sure is how Tintner himself would have wanted it. Listen, and enjoy!"

Kjell Moe

The First Symphony will be the worthy conclusion to recordings which not only possess admirable and important qualities of their own. © Kulturspeilet

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