Oh god, did my Bruckner search not end after Karajan VPO '88 & '89???You guys stole my thunder. I was about to post on the three Karajans I listened to this afternoon. I had only heard the 1988 VPO before today. Yes, just as with the 7th, I came away more impressed with the 70s BPO.
The 1988 VPO has never quite moved me enough. It's best in the loud parts, and now I realize that's because the rest is a little bit slack and stale. Compare just the opening few bars of the Adagio. With the VPO it is played. With the BPO it is felt
Oh god, will I now also have to acquire his 70's BPO???
Oh god, am I missing out???
Oh god, can I not leave this earth before hearing the BPO version???
Sometimes I hate you guys.
But only because you guys are the best.