, January 2014
This is a wonderful CD. Claudio Abbado has had a long love affair with this Symphony, and it shows.
Something wonderful is happening in the world of recorded sound, I thought, as I listened to the richness and appeal of this electrifying reading. Engineers have managed to give the listener Bruckner’s full brass power without even a hint of that “metallic ball bearing of sound” you often find stuck between your speakers in Bruckner.
…this is the performance to have. It jumps off the page with remarkable beauty and power. The winds are idiomatic and characterful, the strings carry real depth, and the brass are flawless. So, astonishingly for Bruckner, every sound the orchestra makes comes across as gorgeous. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review