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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Anton Bruckner, Eugene Ormandy
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Anton Bruckner, Eugene Ormandy
Title: Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1992
Re-Release Date: 6/2/1992
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644816020

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Brilliant Bruckner
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 03/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This budget-priced CD from the Sony Essential Classics series of Bruckner's 5th Symphony performed by Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra is simply brilliant. Before I start I guess I should mention that I own no other recordings of this symphony (this seems to be a necessary disclaimer for some). However, I do own a half-dozen symphony titles by the composer, including Szell's recording of the 3rd and 8th on the same label, Klemperer's recording of the 6th on EMI, Wand's performance of the 9th on RCA, and two versions of the 4th -- Salonen's 1998 release on Sony and Jochum's classic on DG Originals. So while I may not be a Bruckner expert, I think I know what I'm listening for in a good Bruckner symphony performance. And on this title, Ormandy has outdone himself yet again. The thing I love about Ormandy as a conductor is he has the talent and ability to handle a repertoire as vast and differing as Mozart, Bizet, Hindemith, Ives and Bruckner, and yet he always manages to pinpoint the composer's original intentions, and without drawing much attention to his own presence (and ego). This 5th Symphony overflows with radiant strings, massive brass, powerful surges, and multiple climaxes, and the Philadelphia Orchestra has never sounded better. There may be other great discs of Bruckner's Symphony No. 5, but I can't imagine one better than Ormandy's. Throw in the inexpensive price and you have an essential purchase to go along with classic performance."
A Great Fifth
Timothy Dougal | Madison, Wi United States | 03/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is my favorite Bruckner Fifth symphony. It's big, well and dramatically paced, the sound is tremendous, and the interpretation delivers all the sentiment, brutality and visionary uplift the music has to offer. Wow!"
There's a much better alternative
Ivan Weiser | Santa Fe, NM USA | 09/08/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The other three reviewers loved this recording, but my own personal response was surprisingly negative (for a great conductor like Ormandy). I just plain didn't like it, and because of it - it was the only recording I had - I didn't really appreciate the symphony either. I *did* learn to love this great symphony when I heard the Eugen Jochum 1964 recording with the the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Obviously, this is not a music review from an informed critic, but if there is someone out there whose response to the Ormandy was as lukewarm as mine, I cannot recommend the Jochum more highly: it is luminous and wonderful. Get it!"