《进口CD:第九交响曲》A performance of striking grandeur, likeable honesty and (most importantly) touching humanity, well worth acquiring for under a fiver. As on previous volumes in his Bruckner series for Naxos, Georg Tintner is a formidably sure-footed guide through this awesome terrain, securing an utterly whole-hearted response from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (whose brass, in particular, is glorious). Despite some leisurely tempi, neither intensity nor concentration falter in both mighty outer movements (climaxes fairly smoulder with truculent defiance), while the "Scherzo" combines thrusting athleticism with ample bite. Those in search of a touch more tonal opulence and effortless homogeneity should perhaps stick with either Daniel Barenboim (Teldec) or Günter Wand's latest RCA recording (both featuring the incomparable Berlin Philharmonic). What's more, the great Wilhelm Furtwängler's incandescent 1944 interpretation (again with the BPO) distils a truly devastating emotional candour that no successor has ever begun to match. Within the very lowest price-range, however, Tintner has no serious challengers and his finely engineered version represents superb value for money.
01 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak): I. Feierlich, misterioso
02 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak): II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft
03 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak): III. Adagio: Langsam, feierlich