After a week I am still under impression of the Benjamin Zander’s broadcast of Bruckner Fifth. The Fifth is the symphony that I never “got” and never liked. Whatever I heard was kind of boring, even if it was live. A month or so ago WGBH broadcasted Benjamin Zander leading his Boston Philharmonic with Bruckner 5. It was OK with the last movement being excellent.
The last week, there was WGBH broadcast with selected Zander’s recording of the year. I was listening and was recording because the “live” play of the Mussorgsky-Ravel’s Pictures. The second part of the broadcast was Zander’s Bruckner Fifth. I figure: “Here it comes again – I do not need to record it – I have it allergy.” However, as soon Mussorgsky stopped I did not stop to record...
What was coming was the best Bruckner Fifth I even heard and … it was the Boston Philharmonic’s broadcast from different venue. I never heard the first 3 movements of the Fifth played so meaningfully and so evocative. This is absolutely the most amassing play of Bruckner that I heard… There are rumors that it might become available commercially… If it will then gets this recording for any cost.
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche