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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6; Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder
Anton Bruckner, Richard [Classical] Wagner, Otto Klemperer
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6; Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder
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There are very few recordings of mainstream classical repertoire that a critic can call "the best" and be believed. Bruckner's Sixth by Otto Klemperer is one of these--a recording on which everything just went right. "Old ...  more »

      
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There are very few recordings of mainstream classical repertoire that a critic can call "the best" and be believed. Bruckner's Sixth by Otto Klemperer is one of these--a recording on which everything just went right. "Old Klemp," as the orchestra fondly called him, was in top form, the players had a great day, and the engineers captured it all in glowingly natural sound. Part of the special quality of this performance stems from the very steady tempo of the opening theme, which allows the more lyrical second subject to blossom forth far more vigorously than usual. In fact, despite the conductor's reputation, this isn't a slow performance at all. It simply flows like some mighty river, to its appointed end. --David Hurwitz
 

CD Reviews

Never is heard a discouraging word!
Howard G Brown | Port St. Lucie, FL USA | 01/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Years ago I bought the lp release of this recording and wore out the grooves by the time the Haitink/Phillips lp arrived on the scene. The Phillips pressing was cleaner than Angel at that time, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra was and remains very much at home in Bruckner's music. Other recordings came and went. I rediscovered the Klemperer recording in it's first CD release -- and what a rediscovery it was! It is the one constant in my collection of Bruckner symphonies. The recording probably sounds even better in the new reissue with the Wesendonck Lieder, though how it could better the "original" CD reissue is beyond me. Without a doubt this is the finest recording of any Bruckner symphony -- now and in the forseeable future.Even Hanslick would love this. If you don't have it, get it."
Third CD is a charm
Trevor Gillespie | San Jose, California United States | 04/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First I bought George Tinter's recording of Bruckner's 6th Symphony. It is from this CD that I became acquainted with the work. Then I heard the performance live which was incredible. I immediately had to find a new recording. I turned to Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic. Though it is a credible and fine performance, it lacked what I had come to love in this symphony--namely heavy brass and broad tempos. Finally, I turned to this Klemperer recording. First, thanks to the many reviews testifying to this being a great recording, because it is. The brass is great in this recording---definitely the highlight. The basses are great too---heavy, dark and brooding. The first three movements are incredible as is the fourth but the ending of the fourth tends to be somewhat problematic. In the hands of many conductors, the piece doesn't feel finished and the listener is left feeling that the symphony isn't resolved. However, with Otto Klemperer, you do get the feeling that the symphony is over and resolution is more full (just like a previous reviewer had commented). The sound is great too considering it's not a digital recording---warm, spacious, clear, and revealling of textures."
Magnificent
cdsullivan@massed.net | Cambridge, MA USA | 10/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording is so perfect it hardly needs a review. Bruckner's Symphony #6, a notoriously difficult work to bring off, is given a fabulous performance here by Klemperer and the NPO. The orchestra is on top form: radiant strings, sumptuous woodwinds, glowing brass; Klemperer, a master of orchestral structure and texture, gets the complex balances exactly right - listen to the amount of detail that can be heard at the majestic statement of the first movement's first theme. Klemperer's tempi are exactly right (no notorious sluggishness), and his reading of the score is incandescent. I was no great fan of Bruckner - until I heard this recording. The engineers contribute a superb Bruckner sound, clear and rich. Wagner's beautiful Wesendonck Lieder are given a glorious performance by Christa Ludwig, the queen of Wagnerian mezzos. The rich, creamy splendor of her voice is perfectly supported by Klemperer's warm, sensitive accompaniment. Brief but informative notes comment on both the music and the performances. At mid price, this is a superb bargain. I think the Wesendonck Lieder might be surpassed by Flagstad's orchestral version, with Knappertsbusch. The Bruckner has not, and will never be, surpassed."