Herbert von Karajan's 1970 recording of Bruckner's Symphony in E flat major with the Berlin Philharmonic had been pointlessly reissued by EMI. Why bother? With Eugen Jochum's sublime and spiritual 1975 recording with the Dresden Staatskapelle, why reissue Karajan's bloated, bombastic, and boring recording? It can't be Karajan's interpretation that stresses Bruckner's orchestration over his profundity. It can't be the Berlin Philharmonic's playing that polishes Bruckner's orchestration until it gleams but doesn't touch the depths of his music. It can't be the sound because the original stereo LPs were hard, glaring, and nearly opaque, and the digital remastering adds only harshness to the high end. Skip this one altogether.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Symphony No. 4 in E flat ("Romantic"), WAB 104|