- Audio CD (June 27 2000)
- SPARS Code: ADD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: British Broadcasting Corp.
- ASIN: B00004SV5H
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
Horenstein was cursed it seems throughout his career with second rate orchestras, and second rate recording sets and conditions. But despite all these conditions, he would achieve lengendary performances. i am refering here to his early VOX recordings. (go hear for example the 5th symphony of Shostakovich at VOX, which is in my opinion the most outstanding & moving interpretation of this work, and which is ruined at the last movement by the weak sound of drums and percussions, due to the far placement of microphones!!! this interpretation can only be seconded by Mitropoulos's interpretation on Sony)
But from time to time we are blessed with these BBC legends series which are achieved in very good quality recordings and sets & with very good orchestras (but not always the best orchestras unfotunately). So we are left to imagine and wonder what would the BPO or VPO have achieved under the baton of such a genius brain...Read more ›
Given the enthusiastic response by many to the Tintner/Naxos series, a few months ago I revisited the 4th, 5th, and 7th symphonies. I was disappointed in all three recordings, especially the 5th. I recalled how much I enjoyed the 5th when I was first discovering Bruckner's music in the 70's, and searched the Web for a different performance. I have long admired Horenstein's interpretations and was excited when I found a relatively recent (2000 release) remastered 1971 live performance with the BBC Orchestra. The reviews looked positive so I gave it a try. What a wonderful discovery!
I have been long convinced that Bruckner's music is highly sensitive to the quality of recording, interpretation, and performance. This CD excels in all regards. I'm not surprised by Horenstein's interpretation which is exceptional, IMO, demonstrating a complete mastery of and deep insight into the score. The orchestra seems to have been extremely well rehearsed and totally committed to Horenstein's vision of this work -- and what a remarkable vision it is. A major surprise is how good the sound is. I'm very sensitive (it's a curse -grin-) to recording quality. Given the constraints of 1971 analog technology, the sound is remarkably full, dynamic, and very well-balanced. A word of thanks should go to the engineers who made the original recording and those who handled the remastering.
Worth mentioning is the audience, which seems to have realized the greatness of the performance they were listening to.Read more ›
Before preparing these remarks I listened again to 2 other outstanding performances, Jochum's from 1958 (B.R.O) and a live Klemperer concert from 1968 (V.P.O). Of course with every great piece of art there is no one interpretation. Whereas Jochum's Bruckner ultimately sweeps you away with passion and glory achieved by maintaining forward momentum and freqently changes of pace, Horenstein and Klemperer reveal the grandeur of the music by laying it bare to the listener, stressing the total architectural structure rather than the single moment or phrase.
Somewhat more macro than micro, more "long distance than short distance". Don't misunderstand, Horenstein could be the master of a single moment and of course the climax (listen to the final bars of his Mahler's 8th or Bruckner's 8th-EARTH SHATTERING)
This work demands no less than the best and total commitment from the conductor and orchestra, more than that it demands passion and love, even the stoic Klemperer (conducting in his eighties) reveals his passion for the work.There is no doubt that in this performance Horenstein and the BBC Sym. "go all out" to depict this work in all its brilliance and glory.
As almost always with Horenstein, you have the feeling from the beginning of what is to come, the momentum and path is set until the end.Read more ›