Mega, interesting and thanks for recommending. A side question: have you heard Celibidache's Bruckner on EMI? If so, how does Tintner compare (or contrast)?
Gregm, no have not heard Celibidache on EMI but I have heard
Jochum/EMI and easily prefer the Tintner/Naxos. Tinter has a simple/direct/powerful appraoch which stips away staid mannerisms and presents a fresh clarity to these powerful works.
I also have several Karajan perfromances, the digital Sym 8 VPO is of course a cornerstone. Also the remastered "karajan series" for EMI which include 4/7 I prefer to his later DG recordings, the EMI remasters are a great success. Also picked up remastered "Klemperer legacy" Sym 6 to replace my older Klemperer Sym 6, again a classic is enhanced. Also have some newer Wand and Chailly.
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I recently listed to the Celi EMI recordings of Bruckner 4-9. as part of a general attempt in understanding the cult. I failed to understand the cult but I highly recommend the 4th. The 5th and 6th are OK but I would recommend staying away from 7-9. Tintner's series is good although the orchestra's limitations are annoying to me. If you prefer the original versions, Inbal's series are also performances you might check out althoughthe sound can be a little fuzzy.