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Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, July 2019

This Finale can be tricky to pull off, especially when conductors treat the dotted rhythms too aggressively. Ballot gives them breadth. The result is one of the more convincing Seventh finales. Its opening is more gentle than usual, and the hymnlike tune is hymnlike indeed, as if to say, yes, Bruckner was a very religious man. The horn section is big but very warm. All of this keeps moving, even with the big ritards that come along, and the ending is full and warm. There is a lot to enjoy in this movement, and unlike some recordings of the Seventh, the Finale fits well with the rest of the piece. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2019

The performance is perfectly paced, and the venue appropriately resonant permitting us to enjoy huge masses of warm Brucknerian sound. Engineers have done an amazing job, capturing all of the glorious brass in thrilling audio. No question, this is among the top recordings of this major symophony. If you love Bruckner, don’t miss this. I look forward to future releases in the series. © 2019 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




Infodad.com, April 2019

Ballot has a genuine vision of Bruckner as symphonist: these recordings are expansive, very broadly conceived, and organic both in the way they appear to grow inevitably from the seeds planted as they begin and in the sense of organ-like sonorities that come to the fore again and again. In this live recording of No. 7, Ballot lavishes particular attention on the Adagio, which is longer than the third and fourth movements together, allowing the music to flow in a way that sounds both natural and inevitable as the dirgelike elements, never bereft of beauty, pile upon each other until a genuinely thrilling climax (in which Ballot does use a cymbal clash, which some conductors omit even though it appears in the Nowak edition).

…This is a top-notch one that is convincing throughout and that allows Ballot’s unique approach to the composer to be heard in all its subtlety. © 2019 Infodad.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2019

Beautifully shaped and atmospheric, often moving version of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, recorded live in the vast acoustics of St. Florian. © 2019 Pizzicato



Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, February 2019

Ballot’s reflective, monumental approach has courted controversy, but he has certainly imprinted his mark on modern Bruckner interpretation, requiring the listener to come to his recordings with open, receptive ears, just as his one-time mentor Celibidache used to. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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