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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, May 2012

As might be expected, Sir Roger employs instruments of the day, with a head-count that Bruckner might have expected and an appropriate seating plan. Bowing, phrasing and articulation are all in keeping with the manners of period and there’s the usual Norrington embargo on vibrato.

There are impressive moments such as the thunderous swell of the timpani as the first climax peak…The Scherzo is interesting: a pert, unhurried and precisely phrased rendition, cold and eerie, with heightened accents.

Excellent sound and…good to have as food for thought, which is invariably what Norrington is all about. I’ll keep it by me for a while, and recommend you do too. Have it to hand as an alternative to Wand, Walter, Giulini, Celibidache, Karajan, Furtwängler et al. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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