No.2 Results:

Decent
19th- Dausgaard SChO
18th- Skrowaczewski RSOS
17th- Stein WPO
16th- Venzago NS
15th- Blomstedt GHO
14th- Wand KRSO
13th- Tintner RNSO
12th- Chailly RCO (1p)
11th- Haitink RCO (2p)
10th- Karajan BPO (3p)

Good
9th- Barenboim CSO (4p)
8th- Jochum SOdBR
7th- Solti CSO (5p)
6th- Gielen RSOS (6p)

5th


Bruckner
Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Nowak)
Cond. Carlo Maria Giulini, WSO, Testament (1974/2001 Issue Edition)

With a masterful balance, Giulini is able to take the symphony to a good height but it is not enough.
C+

4th (7p)


Bruckner
Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Haas)
Cond. Takashi Asahina, OPO, Jean Jean (1976/2000 Issue Edition)

For the second time, suprise for the sheer sound. It takes all the elements on foreground, but the brass is a bit Berliner for my taste. One of the best to hear.
C+

TOP3 (8p)


Bruckner
Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Nowak) (Live recording)
Cond. Lorin Maazel, SOdBR, BR Classics (1999/2011 Issue Edition)

It is a pity this does not achieve any master level, because from the start Maazel was conducting the symphony on a very different level to many rivals.
C+

Excellent
TOP2 (9p)


Bruckner
Symphony No.2 in C minor (1872 Original Version, Ed. Carragan)
Cond. Simone Young, HPO, Oehms (2006)

Balance is again the highest score that Young and the Hamburg get here, with the same conducting level as Maazel though.
B-

TOP1 (10p)


Bruckner
Symphony No.2 in C minor (1877 Version, Ed. Nowak)
Cond. Eugen Jochum, SKD, WC (1980/1990 Reissue Edition)

Now we are talking of excellence. The strings of the Dresden get the legatos perfectly on the first two movements, while keeping a good level on the latter two.
B+