Is The Pittsburgh Symphony Bruckner the Best Ever?

Audiophile Audition's Steven Ritter asks, is the new Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck release “The best Bruckner Fourth ever recorded?”

“There have been many fine recordings of this work, but none to my mind holds a candle to Karl Bohm’s 1973 Decca reading. I can honestly say that Honeck and the superb Pittsburghians have given us a performance in phenomenal—underline that—surround sound that launches this rendition to the absolute top of the pile. The extraordinary caressing of phrases, perfection in the finely-graded chordal building blocks so fundamental to any genuine presentation of this music, and the fearlessness that the conductor displays in his willingness to contradict accepted tradition while still manifesting a healthy respect for it, make this experience one that will not easily be matched any time soon. … An essential recording!” —Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

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