BEST Bruckner 7th I have ever found
B. Dalton | San Francisco, CA | 05/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about this recording.
My most favorite thing about it is the development section of the First Movement, which
Barenboim paces thrilllingly. I have never heard a better version of this symphony and I have about 5 other versions. The playing and recording are sumptuous. Not to be missed!"
An excelent Bruckner recording
Nelson Jose De Camargo | São Paulo, Brazil | 05/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have just heard a performance of Bruckner's seventh with the Staatskapelle Berlin under Barenboim and with was an excelent concert! I have this recording of the seventh symphony with Berlin Philharmonic and it as good as the Staastskapelle's version. I strongly recomend it for all Bruckner's fans!"
A "big" Seventh that finds the Berliners in glorious form
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 09/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To my ears, Barenboim rarely has much to say of value in the greatest music. As an interpreter, he tends to be ovoerblown and rhetorical. After much exposure to his Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, and Bruckner, I like his conducting best when he gets out of the way. He mostly does so here, letting the glorious Berlin Phil. exhibit their incredible technique. However, Barenboim can't help but inject some strange tempo relationships, and his slow tempos tend to trudge along without the desired effect of being profound.
This recording came 13 years after an initial Bruckner Seventh on DG with the Chicago Sym. in 1980. By comparison, we now find ourselves in a cathedral instead of a boxing ring. The DG effort also lacks the splendid sonics on the new Teldec release. So if you are a great fan of the Berlin Phil., I think this is a four-star reading. Musically, it deserves no more than three, however. Furtwangler, Karajan, Harnoncourt, Tennstedt, and Giulini all give more satisfying accounts.
Note: Amazon doesn't list the current reissue on the bargain Elatus series from Teldec, but this CD is just as cheap at Amazon Marketplace."