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Those early experiences calmed my hang-ups. Karl Böhm and the Dresden
Staatskapelle did the honours in Symphonies 4 and 5, Eugene Ormandy and
the Minneapolis in Symphony 7, and Siegmund von Hauseger and the Munich
Philharmonic in Symphony 9, but side changes were awkward and off-putting.
Decca then contracted Hans Knappertsbusch, an autocratic Bruckner specialist
with his own ideas about the score editions to use. Symphonies 3, 4, and
5 sounded rather peculiar for this reason, although the Vienna Philharmonic
had that compelling post-war sound, with older players still in commanding
I didn't realize then just how variable a conductor who disliked rehearsing
could be. I will save his No 8 until later.
Meanwhile, an ancient-sounding transfer of Symphony 2 had re-appeared
on the Saga label conducted by Georg Ludwig Jochum, younger brother of the
celebrated Eugen, and Symphonies 1, 2 and 3 directed by Volkmar Andreae
were in limited circulation on the Philips label.
The Third, designated as the Wagner Symphony, deserves honorable mention,
despite Bruckner's endless frustrations, and revisions that involved much
Copyright © 8 July 2001
Bill Newman, Spoleto, Italy
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