Victor Carr Jr
"But what a difference a conductor can make! Johnannes Wildner employs Samale, Phillips, Cohrs, and Mazzuca's 1996 revision, which incorporates even newer material unearthed since 1994. More importantly, he conducts the score as living, vital music rather than some dead historical tract. Wildner's upbeat tempos bring a welcome continuity to the opening paragraph's repeated descending figures, giving them much needed shape and direction. The interpolated climax just before the final cadence, a passage that in Eichhorn's recording sounds oddly like something out of Berg, here rings true thanks to Wildner's flowing pace and clear ensemble balance, not to mention Naxos' vastly superior recording. Thanks to his deep understanding of the composer's idiom, Wildner simply succeeds in making the piece sound like Bruckner...In all, this is a committed and moving performance that makes a strong case for hearing Bruckner's last symphony whole. Naxos' bargain price makes this important investigation easily affordable."