I resently learned that Bruckner wrote the 7th for Wagner after his death. It was extremely well received and established his reputation. At first I didn't care for Bruckner because I preferred quick and fiery music as apposed to methodical and slow. Eventually I realized that Bruckner was also very exciting. The develoment of opening theme in the first movement is very convincing as the brass brings its repetition great drama. The hovering string melody in the second movement and 'dooms dayish' theme of the third movement are also fantastic. Can anyone recommend a supreme recording of this work or symphony cycle outside of Eugene Jochum/Dresden.