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    Default Granate's Bruckner Challenge - Symphony No.00

    This is the first post of my top Bruckner recordings after repeated listenings and comparing versions. Each post shares the precise recordings I fell for, so you can also share your experience with each symphony:

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    Symphony in F minor, WAB99
    Symphony No.4 "Romantic" - Volkfest (1st version of the Movement IV - Allegro Moderato)
    Cond. Georg Tintner, RNSO, Naxos (1995)

    I do not buy into the sound of the study symphony.
    C

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    Symphony in F minor, WAB99
    Overture in G minor, WAB98
    Cond. Stanisław Skrowaczewski, RSOS, Oehms (2003)

    Already known as a minor Bruckner work, Skro and the Stuttgart Orchestra make this study symphony sound decent in general and an embryo of a brilliant career in some moments.
    B

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    Symphony in F minor, WAB99
    Cond. Simone Young, HPO, Oehms (2014)

    The "bass" presence is the main event in a surprising rendition of Bruckner's first try. In SACD this should be impressing.
    B+

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    I almost ordered the Jochum EMI set, but changed my mind. I still have a hard time getting into Bruckner. I like parts of many of the symphonies, but I'm not in love with any of them. I understand that the Tintner set features earlier versions, and many of the other sets are of the revised editions.
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    Many Tintner recordings of Bruckner's Symphonies are revelations. Especially 3rd and 8th. Cannot recommend those highly enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    Many Tintner recordings of Bruckner's Symphonies are revelations. Especially 3rd and 8th. Cannot recommend those highly enough!
    I had heard many positive comments about Tintner, but my listenings proved my expectations wrong (ranking really low) so I did not continue after the 2nd symphony. For new "originals", I am trying Simone Young and Herbert Blomstedt and they are indeed satisfying me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I almost ordered the Jochum EMI set, but changed my mind. I still have a hard time getting into Bruckner. I like parts of many of the symphonies, but I'm not in love with any of them. I understand that the Tintner set features earlier versions, and many of the other sets are of the revised editions.
    *Spoiler alert* The Bruckner No.2 recording by Jochum for EMI/WC is superb, but few sets for now are providing straightforward great symphonies. For my account at No.3, that set, like many others, has highs and lows, but it is pretty soon for me to judge.
    Modern sets are indeed releasing original and "uncorrupted" versions of Bruckner. But some of the version changes, like in No.3 Scherzo, are life-saving.

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    I may go for the Simone Young set. I've been wanting to get hold of a good sounding set on Oehms.
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    If I could have only two Bruckner collections it would be the Tintner complete one and the later Celibidache with the F Minor Mass. I don't know any of Young's except her 3rd, but I have Karajan, Jochum, Barenboim, and have heard most of Wand, Inbal, and various other individual symphonies including the famous Klemperer 6 and Walter 9. I still maintain my original position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bz3 View Post
    ..., and have heard most of Wand, Inbal, and various other individual symphonies including the famous Klemperer 6 and Walter 9. I still maintain my original position.
    Didn't have that one on the list, thanks!

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    The only Bruckner set that I have (so far) that includes this symphony is the Simone Young set. Considering that it is the work of an inexperienced student, it is surprisingly effective. I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece of the Romantic era, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

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    Default After the Round-Up

    No references for now, except a good recording:

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    Bruckner
    Symphony No.00 in F minor
    USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
    Gennadi Rozhdestvenski
    Venezia (1983/2009 Reissue Edition)


    Balance and no weak points within the study.
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    5th: Inbal RSOF

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