Try listening to Jesus Lopez-Cobos with the Cincinnati SO on Telarc. This is one BIG version. You might just like it. :-) FWIW I'm currently listening to Guilini's version as I type. Beautiful...
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My initial recommendations would be:
Symphony No. 9: Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Reference Recordings). This is a very good performance in excellent sound. Not only that, but in the liner notes Honeck breaks down the score bar by bar with the time stamp and explains what he's asking the orchestra to do and why. His Symphony No. 4 is also good in terms of performance with the same excellent sound and detailed liner notes.
Symphony No. 8: Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker (DG): Great performance in excellent sound.
Symphony No. 7: Runnicles, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion): This is IMO the best tempo along with an excellent performance and sound. The opening cello sequence is unsurpassed.
Symphony No. 6: Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Orfeo Digital): Excellent performance -- the drive of the music is perfect. Sound is good, not spectacular, but good as the sheer dynamics of the music more than makes up for it.
Symphony No. 5: Bolton, Mozarteum Orchester (Oehms Classics): Great performance, great sound
Symphony No. 4: Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker (DG; 9-20-2004 release): Simply outstanding and powerful.
Symphony No. 3: Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester (DG): Excellent performance, even better sonics.
Symphony No.2: Not impressed with the lot but the chamber version by Trevor Pinnock (Linn Records) has excellent sonics -- and the performance is very good.
Symphony No. 1: Barenboim, Berlin Philharmonic (DG box set).
There are many many others that I like...
@mahler123, I hear what you are saying with respect to Bruckner suffering from bad recordings. I too, can listen to Toscanini recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, etc all day long.
I'm going to go out on a very long limb here, and no doubt loose whatever credibility I may have previously had regarding classical music.
For years, my go to Bruckner conductor was Eugen Jochum/Dresden. I still enjoy an occasional listen. But I have really found myself drawn to the more recent Venzago cycle on CPO. As I listen to those recordings, I hear the influence of Schubert. I don't hear Bruckner as a Wagner (or Mahler) wannabe. Venzago's cycle has not, to my knowledge, been well received. But I would be interested in what you might think of his efforts. In my humble opinion, he brings something worthwhile, especially to the early (0-3) symphonies, which many times can be a bit of a snooze fest.
Gunther Wand/BPO Live (RCA Red Seal) is my go to for
excellent performances with great sound. The imaging and detail revealed is exceptional for non-audiophile releases.
Giulini with the VPO (DG) is a favorite even with the over-mic'd brass section. My favorite #2 is Giulini with the VPO on Testament.
Kurt Sanderling's #7 with the SWR Sinfonieorchester is in very good sound.
For excellence in performance I still go to the Furtwängler box set, VPO & BPO. Music & Arts did a remarkable restoration of symphonies 4-9.