Flight of Eloquence
conducts Bruckner -
'... opulence and splendour ...'
If only Bruckner had lived to complete his Ninth Symphony and sack all friends wishing to revise his output. Posterity would then have been spared many a conundrum. As it is, even the Seventh Symphony presents problems. It was probably justifiable for Beecham to make Delius presentable to the public with a host of additional annotations; in the case of Nikisch and this work the case is more questionable. The score used in this recording includes the markings (in brackets) added by the great German conductor for the first performance; but the most striking moment is the cymbal crash at the climax of the slow movement, when Bruckner pours out his deepest grief for the death of Wagner...
Copyright © 22 June 2010
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