I bought this recording, mainly for the reason that I feel that Bruno Walter is the best Bruckner conductor there ever was.(his Beethoven, for me, is usually dissapointing) I still feel this way, despite the fact that this Bruckner 9 is very, very much a letdown-in all aspects.
The Beethoven overture is passable, at best, but the Bruckner! This qualifies as Walters' worst Bruckner recording, ever. The performance is dull, uninspired, and limp, and the sound quality-despite the recent restoration-is a letdown. What a bad introduction to this conductor, if this is your first Walter purchase.
Allow me to say, that his later stereo, studio recording is an incredible improvement in all areas-a breath of fresh air, compared to this.
This is definitely Bruno Walter on a bad day.