KNAPPERTSBUSCH CONDUCTS BRUCKNER'S THIRD
"Knappertsbusch fuses a highly charged volatility with
a well-gauged penchant for warmly romantic curvaceousness in a lively, compelling
"The Symphony gets a dramatic reading; the Adagio's long
lines are beautifully placed and the brass explosions bristle with excitement...
Since the Third was dedicated to Wagner, the ripe, spacious G?terdämmerung
excerpts, in superior sound, are fitting discmates here."
--Dan Davis in CD Review
"?his release will give fans of Hans Knappertsbusch the best account ever brought to the marketplace of his earlier, taut and dramatic way with Bruckner's Third Symphony. Both sound and ensemble are superior in the two fine excerpts from Wagner's Goetterdammerung. ...it remains a unique document that must be commended to fans of Hans Knappertsbusch." -- Fanfare: March/April 1999: Robert McColley
"...there are great moments of powerful expression and eloquence in the public performance that Knappertsbusch did not match in the studio recording. Furthermore, the orchestral excerpts from Wagner's Gotterdammerung (1959) reveal the conductor at the peak of his form, with an excellent orchestra presented in fine sound. So this disc must be strongly recommended to Knappertsbusch fans." -- Fanfare: November/December 1996: Robert McColley
CONDUCTS BRUCKNER'S THIRD Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich 11 October
1954 and WAGNER: SIEGFRIED'S RHINE JOURNEY & FUNERAL
from GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Berlin State Opera Orchestra, November, 1959.