, June 2011
Few conductors have made a greater contribution to our present-day understanding of Bruckner than Günter Wand (1912–2002). His readings of the composer’s symphonies invariably concentrated on their texture and hence, their spirit. During the great final phase of his career, documented here on DVDs, Wand devoted himself increasingly to Bruckner’s works and his interpretations became more and more free, revealing both heartfelt emotion and musical intelligence. He developed trademark fidelity towards Bruckner, which led to insightful readings of his works. Wherever possible Wand returned to the versions representing most clearly the composer’s intentions—be it the “urtext” or scrupulously restored versions. Altogether, TDK released 8 DVDs of Günter Wands legacy to Bruckner interpretation in the 21st century and to the success of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. The DVDs also offer a rare occasion to grasp the atmosphere of his collaboration with the NDR Sinfonieorchester in a filmed concert. The DVDs come in two attractive boxes, each containing 4 DVDs.
This first box includes Bruckner symphonies nos. 5, 6 and 8 in their original or restored versions as well as an elegant, but rarely performed Haydn Symphony and the “Unfinished” symphonies by Bruckner and Schubert. Later, TDK released the second box of 4 DVDs including the popular Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 and symphonic works by Brahms and Schubert.