Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Bohm – Bruckner: Symphonies 7 & 8 (1977) [Japan 2019] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Bohm – Bruckner: Symphonies 7 & 8 (1977) [Japan 2019]
SACD Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 146:28 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,96 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 3,55 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 3,04 GB

Led by Karl Böhm, the 3rd and 4th symphonies have long been recognised as classics of the Gramophone, but the ‘Vienna Philharmonic Bruckner cycle’ also contains several less-familiar recordings. Böhm’s lyrical and expansive approach to Bruckner is probably best suited to the 7th symphony, which was certainly the best recorded legacy. Also on the disc the eight symphony of the Nowak edition, including the 1976 studio recording for Deutsche Grammophon.

Bruckner played an important role in the career of Karl Bohm from his days with Staatskapelle Dresden until his death in 1981.Some mono recordings exist, but it was not until 1974 that Bohm produced recordings of two classic Bruckner Symphonies – nos.3 (1889 3rd version) and no 4 “Romantic” in Decca’s on-going Bruckner cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic recorded in the Sofiensaal. This alerted the wider world that here was a Bruckner conductor of stature who could guide the listener with a convincing overview of these massive structures and who could discover and present some of the innate Austrian qualities of these lovely works. Like many other conductors of his time, Bohm was choosy about which symphonies he would play and record, but knowing his great love of opera (Mozart and Strauss in particular) he was not in a great hurry to add to his repertoire. As far as I know, he did not touch no.1 or 2. I know of no number 5 or 6 on record, and his recordings of nos. 7 and 8 only appeared towards the end of his life. Many of us can remember the LP box of three records which appeared on Deutsche Grammophon in 1977 with Karl Bohm conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in Symphonies 7 and 8 with a famous portrait of the composer on the front. The sound engineer was Gunther Herrmans (who did many of Karajan’s recordings for the yellow label) and the recording venue was the Musikveriensaal in Vienna. The recording came up against stiff competition with Decca and its “golden period” in the Sofiensaal. However, Hermann’s recording is of his usual high standard – good spatial definition with keen attention to the brass – a must in Bruckner! One critic in 1977 described Bohm’s conducting as “prosaic”, but this criticism pales into significance when one views the commanding stature of Bohm’s handling of Bruckner’s massive structures.


01. Symphony No.7 in E Major: I. Allegro moderato
02. Symphony No.7 in E Major: II. Adagio (Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam)
03. Symphony No.7 in E Major: III. Scherzo (Sehr schnell)
04. Symphony No.7 in E Major: IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht schnell)

01. Symphony No.8 in C Minor: I. Allegro moderato
02. Symphony No.8 in C Minor: II. Scherzo (Allegro moderato)
03. Symphony No.8 in C Minor: III. Adagio (Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend)
04. Symphony No.8 in C Minor: IV. Finale (Feierlich, nicht schnell)

Produced by Werner Mayer. Engineered by Günter Hermanns.
Symphony No. 7 (Original version) > Recorded on September 26-28, 1976
Symphony No. 7 (Leopold Nowak edition) > Recorded on February 2-5, 1976
Newly digitized at 192kHz/24bit analog master at Emile Berliner Studio in Berlin.
Tower Records Japan # PROC-2224/5




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