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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 E-dur

Anton Bruckner , Herbert von Karajan , Vienna Philharmonic Orch. Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orch.
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (July 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner made easy March 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Karajan ended his recording career with this CD. It is difficult to avoid the easy cliches that come with this comment. I will just say that although Karajan was not one of my favorites, I am more than ready to admit that quite often he reached greatness, and this CD is one of those occasions. This is definitely the best 7th symphony of Bruckner that I have heard. The keen understanding that Karajan had of it, and the magical tool of the Wiener Philharmonic pretty much assures us that it will be a while until anybody comes up with a better interpretation. The 7th is reputedly the "easiest" symphony for the neophyte. I think that perhaps it is the less demanding of them, even the simplest. Too often it is played without much scope. Karajan here shows us that the 7th should not be taken for granted and that it speaks to the deeper recess of our soul as much as its companions. However he does not stop there and he shows us the sunnier aspects of the music of Bruckner, nowhere more apparent than in this work, except perhaps curiously in some passages of the 4th. I would say that the understanding of this balance by Karajan is what makes this recording so great.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near-death serenity August 10, 2004
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This symphony opens with one of the most gorgeous passages for cello ever written, and although I am not one to rave on and on about the Vienna Philharmonic, they deliver this magical beginning as well as I've ever heard it. Herbert von Karajan takes his time here, and the orchestra follows suit with a glorious, often magic performance. Although there is no single "right" approach to this music, I confess that I prefer my Bruckner to err slightly on the slow side. The composer's long phrases are so beautiful that it seems like a waste to rush through them, and I like conductors who can linger on the huge paragraphs (and orchestras with the technical prowess to support this approach).

In what would be his last recording, von Karajan seems to have found more quiet mystery here than usual (as in his final Bruckner Eighth, also with Vienna). This is a glowing, serene journey -- different from say, Georg Solti's slightly faster, and more intense version with Chicago. The sound quality is excellent, as well, even if to my ears not quite as ideal as for that Eighth.

As one of Bruckner's most popular works, the Seventh is well-preserved on disc, in a crowded cluster of memorable recordings from many eras. I also admire Christoph von Dohnanyi's beautiful version with the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra, and the aforementioned Solti gives me more pleasure than I might have thought at first. But this final von Karajan breath does seem to have a special aura.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! September 3, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The very last Karajan recordings, like this one, and the last 3rd and 4th Brahms symphonies ( also first released in 1989 ), present a whole new Karajan. Not so ambitious of proving to everybody he's the very best, and not so technical-perfection minded anymore, Karajan lets the music speak for itself, without forcing any extra energy on it, and the result is sheer beauty, of the kind we rarely find in any kind of art work, something that really takes you to other worlds, with mountains of beauty and erupting emotions. And it's a totaly new kind of beauty, not usually found in Karajan's earlier recordings. This recording is invaluable for any music lover, and a must for any Karajan admirer.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "farrewell" recording but not conducted that way November 1, 2005
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Several early Amazon reviewers treated this Bruckner Seventh, which was released posthumously after Karajan's death in 1989, as if it foreshadows an old man's passing. But this performance isn't a slow or reflectively melancholy reading--in fact, the first movement is quicker (if only marginally) than Karajan's two previous recordings for EMI and DG, both with the Berlin Phil. By comparison, the Vienna Phil. sounds sweeter, never bombastic, incapable of a brash phrase. The recording sounds so alive and present that one could swear it was a concert performance, but apparently it wasn't. In any case, the orchestral execution is more animated and fresher sounding than on Karajan's two previous readings.

The conductor always favored whispering pianissimos and thunderous, though controlled, fortissimos. Here those contrasts are reduced; The music tends to stay in an average dynamic range until a climactic swell is called for. This evenness of tone gives the reading a flowing quality, which is enhanced by Karajan's refusal to use the start-and-stop phrasing so common with other conductors in Bruckner. The great slow movement is especially free and spontaneous, not at all funereal even if the composer was moved by Wagner's recent death. This memorial to his greatest hero is sublime rather than grieving.

With so many special qualities, it's hard not to declare that this is Karajan's greatest Bruckner Seventh recording. In terms of freshness and a singing line, only the live Giulini performance from London (on BBC Legends) comes close to it in my experience. Highly, highly recommended.

P.S. May, 2009 - For anyone who's interested, I've added a more detailed comparison among Karajan's three Bruckner Sevenths in the comments section. It pleases me that so many five-star reviews have accumulated in the passing years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb companion recording to the Eighth with the same forces
I have already eulogised the Karajan Bruckner Eighth Symphony, made with and by the same forces the previous November; it is possibly the greatest recording of the greatest... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ralph Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars A Historic Performance - But Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic Bruckner...
Herbert von Karajan recorded this performance of Bruckner 9 with the Vienna Philharmonic in April of 1989. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Phil in Magnolia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great last statement by Karajan
I have all three of Karajan's Bruckner 7th's and I believe this is the most sublime of all of them. There seems to be a spirituality that I don't find in the previous two versions. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. A. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Exit Karajan, pursued by Bear
It is important to judge this recording on its own merits. The fact that it was Herbie's last recording, underlined by the valedictory photograph on the cover, should be... Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan's finest Bruckner!
The end of Herbert K's life brought a strange amount of discord. His health was very bad after falling off of a podium which broke his hip and there was an estrangement which set... Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by David Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to surpass
Besides this recording, I also own Chailly, Celibidache (Munich), Jochum (Dresden) and Solti (CSO, nla). The spirituality is much more intense than all the others. Read more
Published on May 25, 2006 by W. Cheung
4.0 out of 5 stars A Double Requiem
On the subject of Bruckner's 7th Symphony, composed after Bruckner perceived the impending death of his hero Richard Wagner and indeed appropriating the very Wagner tubas into the... Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by Grady Harp
3.0 out of 5 stars Good moments but...
This was the only version I'd heard for a long time. This was THE one to own. I followed THE instructions like a good classical 101 listener and didn't bother to take chances. Read more
Published on January 1, 2004 by Matthew E. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Sterile
Once more, the great imposter beguiles. Hiding behind the wonderful playing of the VPO, Karajan amply demonstrates how un-necessary he really is.
Published on August 18, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan goes out with a bang
This recording of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony was Maestro Karajan's very last recording. Karajan, of course related to Bruckner more than with any other composer, so what a great... Read more
Published on August 7, 2001 by A. Michaelson
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