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  PentaTone Classics - http://www.pentatonemusic.com/
Serial:
  PTC 5186 051
Title:
  Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Kreizberg
Description:
  Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major

Wiener Symphoniker
Yakov Kreizberg (conductor)
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Genre:
  Classical - Orchestral
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  DSD
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Site review by Polly Nomial October 10, 2007
Performance:   Sonics:  
Much as I respect the views of others that have commented on this recording, I cannot in all honesty recommend it from an artistic standpoint. The recording per se is admittedly gorgeous but as many would note, it is preferable to hear a mediocre recording of a stellar performance than the other way around and that is, sadly, what we are given here. There are two major problems here: the intonation of the orchestra and the conducting of Yakov Kreizberg.

Firstly, the orchestra; it must be noted that the Wiener Symphoniker can produce some wonderful sounds and discs (Strauss: Waltzes - Kreizberg is a good example) but this is not one of them. It is not so much that different sections have different ideas about tuning but that each player in the woodwind section seems to have their own idea of tuning with respect to each other - not something that I could live with on a long term basis.

Secondly, while Kreizberg is undeniably good and has given us great examples of his talent (Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 - Kreizberg or Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, The Wild Dove, The Noon Witch - Kreizberg stand out in my affections), Bruckner is a composer that he has not so readily taken to heart. Too often there are touches of micro-management that are blown out of all proportion into major distortions of the longer line - too much emphasis has been given to detail and not enough to the overall structure of the piece. Two better examples of how details can be successfully melded together are either Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Wand or Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Haitink.

The recording is outstanding and presents an appropriately glowing sound for this symphony but when one is accustomed to this, the glow is tarnished and the seduction of Pentatone's glorious sound quickly wears off.

Not recommended.

Copyright © 2007 John Broggio and SA-CD.net

Review by Windsurfer March 16, 2006 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
I first heard the Bruckner 7th on a Vox LP back in 1956. There were things in the music that immediately appealed, but due to sonic muddying, quite a bit went unappreciated. Then more than ten years later, I bought a stereo LP with Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic and much of the symphony became more easily understood. Still there were elements, either due to interpretive excess or the limits of my equipment or the LP itself, that were still inaccessible. Finally I heard it played live in Carnegie Hall by (I actually think it was Boehm) and the Vienna Philharmonic in 1975. The visual spectacle combined with an unfortunate seat kept me from full appreciation of the music. CDs with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Karjan and Abbado never fully brought me to this music.

I am speaking not of the first movement which always seemed etherial and grand, but to the middle movements and the finale which never seemed to have the stature of the first movement. I was so tired of what I had so far heard over the span of fifty years that I almost passed this up.

Boy am I glad I didn't do that! Here is the interpretation and the sound I had always needed. Everything now seems right and the music in each movement finally takes on the stature I always imagined it should, but could never quite assign to it.

As I hear it, Kreizburg does nothing that isn't intuitively right. PentaTone gives us one of their best recordings and the Vienna Symphony, (not Philharmonic) plays like they are giving this one their all. It is a wonderful performance captured in superb multi-channel sound that places the listener about 10 to 12 rows back from the stage in a hall with excellent acoustics.

A sonic spectacular, music everyone should get to know like the back of their hand, and a performance to live with in the long term. This is not likely to be bettered in the short term and probably not even in the long term. While Harnoncourt will surely do this with the Vienna Philharmonic, I seriously doubt it will displace this one as my favorite! This disc is a must-have!

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Review by krisjan October 10, 2006 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
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This recording is a real pleasure. Bruckner's symphonies are perhaps an acquired taste but one that I acquired some years ago and now I love all of them. One important aspect of performing Bruckner is getting his (in)famous pauses correct. If you rush them they lose their intended impact; if you hold them too long, you lose the flow of the movement. Though Kreitzberg is still a young conductor, he manages this performance nicely. Nothing seems too rushed or too slow tempo-wise. He conveys this monumental music very well. I compared this to the 7th from Ozawa on Philips SACD and the Pentatone wins for both a performance and a recording.

Speaking of the recording, this is a live one and it is really spectacular. I really have no major quibbles but since I don't think there are any true 5 star recordings yet (in my rating system) it will get 4.5 from me. Though live, no applause is included but you can hear the cut in the fading ambience at the very end of the last mvmt presumably to eliminate the start of the ovation. Highly recommended.
Mark

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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107