- of listening to Kurt Masur's much maligned Bruckner cycle which is, in my opinion, absolutely top-notch. Masur's Bruckner is granite-hewn, very Teutonic and dark-hued.
Masur doesn't indulge in "fabric ripping"; there are no Furtwanglerian moments, and there are no Jochum-like "agogic distortions". This is clear-sighted, very mature sounding Bruckner from Masur - nothing sensationalist - which brings to mind Maazel's and Wand's recordings, both of whom allow Bruckner's symphonies to breathe, develop organically and to speak for themselves.
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra of the Seventies is not the anonymous and slick-sounding band you'll hear in Andris Nelsons' DG Bruckner recordings. Kurt Masur's vintage, 1970s Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra displays rather more than perfect execution and has that "old world" echt-Brucknerian quality in its sonic arsenal which has a "uniqueness" that most orchestras do not possess nowadays. Given the negative criticism that's been trotted out by certain Amazon "Bruckner experts", I wasn't expecting Masur's Bruckner to impress - but impress it most certainly does.Others have claimed that the Gewandhaus brass isn't up to scratch, and that Masur applies restraint, curtailing the brass' impact. Well, I have no idea what hi-fi equipment Masur's detractors are using, but let me say this: the Leipzig Gewandhaus brass is magnificent and displays ample weight of tone; it is dark, sonorous and mysterious in the hushed moments of repose and ringing and golden, and indeed ferocious at climaxes. The strings are remarkably fulsome and refined; in fact, Masur's Gewandhus Orchestra delivers some of the finest string playing that I've ever experienced in Bruckner performance, from any orchestra. And the Gewandhaus woodwind is superb, characterful and colourful with some highly accomplished playing in certain key moments. If the listener has a short attention span and expects a superficial, sonic "fireworks display" then look elsewhere.
However, if the prospective purchaser happens to be experienced in Bruckner appreciation, and owns many Bruckner recordings, then Masur's Bruckner will more than satisfy, in my opinion. All of the Bruckner recordings included in this box are worth owning; the Fourth, Seventh, Fifth, Eighth - Haas - and Ninth are very fine indeed, and the sound quality is excellent. And the box-set includes Masur's Schumann and Mendelssohn cycles which are not to be dismissed lightly; the Schumann recordings are very much to my taste - cerebral, serious Schumann, recorded in the days when the classical music recording industry was a serious business... These Kurt Masur recordings are for the more musically mature classical music enthusiast. The late Kurt Masur was cut from different cloth of a far finer vintage - excuse the mixed metaphor - and Masur delivers performances which the aforementioned lightweights will never be able to match.
And the 1970s Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is something to marvel at, under Masur's capable baton. The Bruckner recordings in this Sony Germany release sound very impressive. The Sony "RCA" box-set of this Kurt Masur Bruckner cycle has been remastered at 24-bit/96kHz.
That RCA Sony set of Masur's Bruckner cycle receives much unjust, negative criticism which I find somewhat surprising... I wonder if the Sony Germany set under review is more faithful to the original Eurodisc analogue master tapes, so far as sound quality is concerned? Whatever, this set of recordings provides sonic satisfaction and artistic excellence in abundance..And the set includes Masur's excellent recording of Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" which has a stellar cast and sounds superb. No documentation is included in the set, unfortunately; Sony's penny-pinching is legendary. But at the price, the set is an absolute bargain. I'd snap up the set and give thanks... A superb set of recordings. All discs have been checked and are in near mint condition. The cardboard sleeves and outer cardboard box are in very good condition. Please note there is no booklet with this set.
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