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Bruckner: Symphony no 1 / Neumann, Gewandhaus Orchestra

Notes & Reviews:

This 1965 recording by Vaclav Neumann is being released on CD for the first time after the label was besieged by requests from friends and fans of the conductor. The sessions for this recording were not part of a planned Bruckner cycle with the Gewandhaus Orchestra but purely a one-off recording, made when Neumann had only been music director of the Gewandhaus for one year.


great conducting
This performance is great conducting but soft instead of hard like Karajan's. They're both equally powerful and equally perfect, but if you want a performance that focuses on the music's wrath, Karajan is your choice. If you want the same power but without the destructive rage, you want Neumann. I love both; and they're the two most masterful performances of this piece. I prefer the Karajan because I view this music as being wrathful, a lightning bolt thrown at the universe. But that's just my view of it (and Karajan's).
Submitted on 07/21/13 by Eric Zuesse 
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