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Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, July 2014

The orchestra responds magnificently—the strings have a luxurious glow, and the solo winds interweave as well as on any performance I know. Kudos, in particular, to the ear-caressing first flute and first oboe—it would be worth acquiring this disc for their contributions alone…the sound is rich, detailed, and enveloping. Warmly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, July 2013

The Staatskapelle Berlin, recorded in a 2010 performance from Philharmonie Hall, knows this piece well, and has enjoyed a 20-year association with maestro Barenboim…The mutual respect and collegiality that is apparent helps to make this a successful performance in all of the essential respects.

The videographers do a terrific job, keeping the viewers engaged without excessive cutaways that can be distracting in an orchestral piece. The Philharmonie is a drop-dead gorgeous hall and, thankfully, we get to see its magnificence. © 2013 Read complete review

Jeffrey Kauffman, June 2013

Daniel Barenboim…brings a magisterial dimension to this gargantuan piece, carving out huge chunks of sound that collide like slabs of earth being disrupted by seismic movements of the tectonic plates…Against these gigantic moments…Barenboim also coaxes surprisingly agile sounds out of the strings and especially the winds.

This is a rather appealing high definition presentation with admirable fine detail that pops quite vividly in the many close-ups.

The Staatskapelle Berlin sections sound magnificent throughout this performance. Dynamic range is extremely wide, capturing everything from the barest orchestral whisper to the thundering tutti that Bruckner employs repeatedly for climaxes.

This performance captures the majesty of Bruckner…Recommended. © 2013 Read complete review

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