Paavo Järvi & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphony No 7 (2008)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 67:28 minutes | Scans NOT included | 3,3 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 648 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra boasts long tradition of Bruckner performances. Recorded live in Alte Oper in Frankfurt and edited from multiple performances, this new recording presents new insight into this neglected masterpiece by Bruckner. This is a magnificently recorded performance of a remarkable piece of music. The SACD surround has a sense of space in the mix that allows the beauty of the composition to unfold before your ears. This is music making of the highest quality.
Bruckner recordings are still coming fast and furious (that is, the rate of release, not tempo of performance necessarily). Paavo Järvi clearly has a vision about how he wants the music to sound. Just listen to something as simple as his handling of the tremolos beneath the symphony’s opening theme. However, these little touches don’t quite add up to a coherent listening experience. This is most obvious in the outer movements, where Järvi sectionalizes each thematic group to the point where the music becomes a random assemblage of unrelated sound-blocks. And let’s face it, if there’s anything Bruckner doesn’t need it’s to sound even more discontinuous than the music already is. Just check out the opening two subjects as compared with the dance-like third theme, here surely taken too quickly given the context. Then listen to how Järvi slows down for the coda, turning it into a totally separate episode. All of this can be handled with much more subtlety, as in the two listed reference recordings. The same lack of flow typifies the finale. Why such heaviness at those brassy eruptions of the main theme in the development section? The scherzo and adagio, though, don’t present anything like the same interpretive challenges. Järvi includes the percussion at the climax of the latter, but the brass playing is oddly unbalanced (or overly blended, depending on your perspective), with curiously reticent trumpets.
01. I.Allegro moderato
02. II.Adagio.Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
03. III.Scherzo.Sehr schnell
04. IV.Finale.Bewegt,doch nicht schnell