Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 - Karajan - Wiener Philharmoniker on 180g Import 2LP
Cut at Emil Berliner Studio & Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany
Herbert von Karajan's last recording finds the legendary conductor leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's heralded Symphony No. 7. Recorded three months before Karajan's death in July of 1989 at the Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna and issued on Deutsche Grammophon in 1990.
"It’s marvellous to hear the way the Berlin celli sing out the gorgeous opening theme at the start of the symphony, their tone golden, the lines long. Karajan’s unfolding of this movement has a feeling of rightness and inevitability about it; here, one feels, is a man steeped in Bruckner. The playing throughout is superb and the interpretation convinces completely. The Adagio is immensely noble in this performance. One marvels at the sheer quality of the orchestral playing and at the profundity of the conception – both Bruckner’s and Karajan’s.
"The main climax – complete with cymbal clash - has great breadth and majesty but then the quiet, deep sonority achieved in the coda is, if anything, even more impressive. After the blaze of the preceding climax it’s as if the embers of the movement glow, still containing life and emitting warmth but now more subdued. Following the profundities of the slow movement Karajan puts the scherzo across with pleasing vitality, providing a welcome contrast. The finale is essentially sunny in tone." - John Quinn, MusicWeb International
Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 - Karajan - Wiener Philharmoniker Track Listing:
1. Allegro Moderato
2. Adagio Sehr Feierlich Und Sehr Langsa
1. Scherzo Sehr schnell - Trio. Etwas langsamer
2. Finale Bewegt Doch Nicht Schnell