Bruckner 3rd Recommendations

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Bruckner 3rd Recommendations

I'm just beginning to enjoy this symphony.  The Tintner recording with the RSO on Naxos was the first version to catch my interest.  I also have the Gielen and Karajan versions and at one time owned Wand in an older RCA recording which I sold on ebay because I found it quite boring. 

I have read that Bohm's Vienna Recording done in 1970 is pretty definitive, but your suggestions are very welcome.  Please include your take on the sound quality, tempos and clarity with regard to the brass as well as editions and their relevance.   Thanks...Lee

Captain4105

 

RE: Bruckner 3rd Recommendations

Not that they represent "the best" in Bruckner 3, but I'm pretty sure few people ever heard these:

http://www.abruckner.com/Downloads/downloadofthemonth/December08/

http://www.abruckner.com/Downloads/downloadofthemonth/May08/

http://www.abruckner.com/Downloads/downloadofthemonth/June09/

 

The whole website is a magnificent tribute to Anton, by the way...

 

Rolf

RE: Bruckner 3rd Recommendations

The original 1873 version:

Simone Young and the Hamburg Philharmonic (definitely the one on the pedestal)

The 1877 version:

Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw (Philips)

The 1889 version:

Karajan and the Berlin PO

Bohm and the Vienna PO

Wand and the NDR Symphony Orchestra

Kubelik and the Bavarian Symphony.

David A. Hollingsworth

RE: Bruckner 3rd Recommendations

Bruckner 3rd is a glorious work that fortunately is very well served by recordings.  While the Tintner features the Original version of this symphony, the Tintner recording is my favorite as I find him to be most daring.  While Tintner's cycle features performances that are appropriately 'weighted,' his 3rd looks ahead and for me is a grand Romantic symphony.  Other marvelous performances of the Original version are Markus Bosch - Aachen Symphony Orchestra on Coviello and Kent Nagano on Harmonia Mundi.  For the 1877 version (one I am less enthusiastic about than the Original or the 1889) I like both Haitink - Vienna Philharmonic and Sinopoli - Staatskapelle Dresden.  Haitink's performance is grander, even tougher.  Sinopoli's performance is more poetic, less traditional, and perhaps smaller scaled.  It is a wonder to hear the great Dresden orchestra in this work.  While Bohm - Vienna PO and Karajan - Berlin PO have been mentioned as recommended recordings, and I agree with this assessment, I strongly recommend the Kurt Sanderling - Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig performance.  I can keep going on with recommendations as the Schuricht - Vienna Philharmonic is superb too.  The Matacic - Philharmonia is highly regarded too.  Enjoy your discovery!  

RE: Bruckner 3rd Recommendations

George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra recorded a masterful performance of the 1890 version -according to Jack Diether in the liner notes- of this symphony for Columbia Masterworks in the sixties, catalog number MS6897. I wonder if it's available on cd. Recommended without hesitation.

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