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    As I wrote, Blomstedt is not nearly at the top of my favorite B3 performances. He takes a more light-hearted approach than those I thoroughly enjoy, but the SQ was excellent.

    It did, however, remind me of the importance of sonics in Bruckner recordings. But that needs to go along with interpretations that convey depth of feelings and cathedrals of experience.
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    Listened to Jochum/DG last night. Whilst the orchestra played very well, and the recording has excellent SQ, his more-or-less rapid approach missed the depths of feelings and heights of spirit which are so important for me in Bruckner.

    Interestingly, much later in his life, in recordings with the RCO and Bamberger, he slowed down quite a bit, and in doing so was able to bring out the depths and nuances of the music much, much more.

    A number of other conductors did the same, especially Celibidache and Giulini. And I am also reminded of Glenn Gould's two very different interpretations of the Goldberg Variations, the first when he was about 25, and the last near the end of his life.

    There are conductors whose Bruckner interpretations never changed much during their careers, such as Karajan, which is why I am not drawn to them. If I was the same person at 50 as I was at 30, something would surely be amiss!
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    Just listened to van Zweden/NRPO. Wow! A wonderful performance, with excellent sonics. The SACD is much better than the CD version in that regard.

    One of the very best I have heard. Celibidache is also wonderful, but van Zweden mostly takes it at a faster tempo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinus View Post
    Just listened to van Zweden/NRPO. Wow! A wonderful performance, with excellent sonics. The SACD is much better than the CD version in that regard.

    One of the very best I have heard. Celibidache is also wonderful, but van Zweden mostly takes it at a faster tempo.
    I placed an order at Presto UK for Zweden boxset (on sale) about a week ago, it will soon be mine.....

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    My set arrived from Presto Classical on Thursday, and I have listened to nos. 1, 2, and 3 so far.
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    Shame Remy Ballot didn't make the list, that might be my favorite.

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