The tempi for this recording are slowish; not dragging but slowish. The overall impact of Bruckners' scoring is reduced, as opposed to say Karajan's reading and interpretation recorded on DG. Where Karajan's symphonic climaxes flow with the music, Haitink's rather slowish tempi stall the scale and grandeur of Bruckner's music. While the VPO play beautifully (as always) and the recording is pretty good, but no better than that, to balance Bruckner interpretations Karajans DG/BPO should be in your collection. This recording will appeal to those liking slower, lower voltage Bruckner, Haitink fans, longer phrasing and fine detail. In fact, for slower tempi readings, I"d say Tintner, with his interpretation looses nothing in sound, musical flow, comprehension of Brucknerian phrasing and orchestral detail.
Audition Haitink before buying.