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Karl Böhm & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (ed. Gutmann) (2015)

11-03-2015, 12:05
Music | Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Karl Böhm & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (ed. Gutmann) (2015)

Artist: Karl Böhm & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Title Of Album: Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (ed. Gutmann)
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Pristine Audio
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 67:17 min
Total Size: 203 MB


01 - BRUCKNER Symphony 7 - 1st mvt. - Allegro moderato
02 - BRUCKNER Symphony 7 - 2nd mvt. - Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
03 - BRUCKNER Symphony 7 - 3rd mvt. - Scherzo. Sehr schnell
04 - BRUCKNER Symphony 7 - 4th mvt. - Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell

The short quote here from BBC Radio Three's CD Review provided, in a nutshell, the inspiration for tackling this recording, made over two days but apparently live, so I'm guessing in two halves for broadcast. It has appeared on a number of labels in various states of distress over the years - mislabelling has been rife, the third and fourth movements have been transposed by a semitone, and sound quality has ranged from the barely adequate to the abysmal.

This release aims to correct that, as much as is possible. Pitch issues have finally been conquered using Capstan software to correct some quite significant drifting down towards the ends of what I can only assume were reels of German tape, a technology still in its infancy but widely used in Nazi Germany at a time when it didn't exist elsewhere: the final four minutes of the first movement, for example, sees a gradual fall of almost a complete semitone.

I'm pleased to report too that a total sonic transformation has also been possible, moving on from the thin and harsh sound of the very best previous issues to something much fuller, richer and more powerful than ever heard before in this recording, though at times some overloading of the original tapes remains apparent.

It is however an outstanding performance, and it needs to be heard in sound as much improved as this.

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