, June 2018
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (Stuttgart Symphony, Hindemith) (1958) SWR19417CD
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (Cologne Radio Symphony, Knappertsbusch) (1963) C915181B
It seems to reasonable to compare these two recordings, as both are mono broadcasts in excellent sound of performances using the same edition, made within a few years of each other and conducted by two eminent Brucknerians with a reputation for a driven, propulsive style and the ability to invest the music with a rare passion.
Hindemith’s tempi in the Adagio are considerably more mercurial and variable than Kna’s steady progress and although he brings a lyrical quality to the unfolding melody, I miss the gravitas that suffuses Kna’s account; the climactic, rising three note figures are not sufficiently emphasised but instead rather hurriedly passed over as if they were repetitions rather than perorations in themselves and—shock horror—Hindemith plays the Haas purist by omitting the customary and surely preferable cymbal and triangle clash, whereas Knappertsbusch gives it the full Nowak welly. However, the SWR horns in the closing bars are wondrously warm, dark and rich. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review