Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (1878 version, ed. Nowak) - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Franz Konwitschny; String Symphony in F (arranged from the Quintet in F) - Deutsche Musikschulorchester/Hanns...
KHCD-2012-045-2CDDL (STEREO) - Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (1878 version, ed. Nowak) - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Franz Konwitschny; String Symphony in F (arranged from the Quintet in F) - Deutsche Musikschulorchester/Hanns-Martin Schneidt - This is an outstanding performance of the Bruckner 5th, to be ranked among the best of this symphony. Konwitschny's sense of structure, his sensitive and flexible use of rubatos, his ability of pulling together the music even in its relatively weaker moments, make this recording quite magical. It is unfortunate that this great conductor, though famous in Eastern Europe, was overlooked by the great recording companies. The recording, made in 1961, is quite open and is a model of clarity. The companion piece is an arrangement of the Quintet in F for a full string orchestra, played in a very professional manner by the Deutsche Musikschulorchester, in a warm, reverberant acoustic. Thanks to John Proffitt for suggesting this release and providing archive materials to produce the CD.
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