Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Bruckner
Symphony No.2 in C minor [Edition by Robert Haas]
Weber
Euryanthe – Overture
Weber, orch. Berlioz
Invitation to the Dance
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Horst Stein

Recorded in the Sofiensaal, Vienna, in December 1973 (Bruckner) & October 1977 (Weber)
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 442 8557
Duration: 77 minutes
Reviewed: August 2007
This is fine Bruckner, with the VPO in top form and Stein striking just the right balance between narrative flow and architectonics. Such is the clarity and rhythmic incisiveness Stein achieves here that Boulez comes to mind, while the VPO’s rich strings and refulgent brass are well captured by Decca. Of the Weber items, the Euryanthe Overture is especially convincing.

 

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