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Mark L Lehman
The Absolute Sound, October 2016

Rémy Ballot’s reading of Bruckner’s Ninth (and last) Symphony is the slowest yet on record: 77 minutes. Critical reactions have been mixed, some excoriating Ballot for letting its vast architecture collapse (perhaps true of the elephantine central scherzo), some extolling him for achieving an awesome grandeur that approaches ideal. I find Ballot’s Ninth riveting: listening to it sends chills up my spine, especially as Gramola’s magnificent surround-sound presentation conveys both the cavernous vastness and the granitic power of this (in concert) performance with stunning realism. © 2016 The Absolute Sound Read complete review





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