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C0129. JASCHA HORENSTEIN Cond. Berlin Phil.: Symphony #7 in E (Bruckner), recorded 1928. (Austria) Koch-Schwann 3-7022. Transfers by Ward Marston. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 099923702221


“This recording of Bruckner’s Seventh was the first electrical recording of a complete symphony by the composer. It’s pretty remarkable that Grammophon/Polydor should have entrusted such an enterprise to Jascha Horenstein, who was then just thirty years old. The label had access to several more eminent and established conductors, including Furtwängler, but Horenstein repaid the trust placed in him with a fine performance.

The recording was made over three separate sessions, we learn, with the first movement recorded in one session, the Adagio and part of the scherzo at the second session and the remainder of the symphony at the third session.

But I mean no disrespect to Horenstein when I say that the truly remarkable thing about this CD is the quality of the recorded sound. I’ve heard several discs that show the excellence of the results that German tonmeisters were able to achieve in the 1930s but I can’t recall hearing such an early example of comparable excellence. Not only is a copious amount of detail reported but the sound is full and largely free from the shrillness in the treble that so often afflicted recordings from this period. The bass is full without being tubby and the orchestra is balanced with quite remarkable naturalness. The climaxes reproduce with remarkably little distortion. If all this were not enough, the transfer has been achieved skilfully and the amount of background hiss is minimal.

We know that Horenstein was a notable exponent of Bruckner in the autumn of his career. This fine performance shows that he was just as adept in Bruckner at a relatively youthful age. This performance takes a place of note in the Bruckner discography.”

- John Quinn, musicweb-international