Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is considered his most perfectly conceived, and it has remained among the most performed of his works. The immediate success of his Seventh certainly must have given Bruckner some much needed confidence over the fate of his music.
Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.2 GB
The symphony was composed from 1881 – 83, beginning with the Scherzo. During this time, Bruckner attended a performance of Parsifal, the influence of which can be heard in the opening melody of the first movement. The composer claimed that the Adagio was written under the premonition of Richard Wagner’s death, which did occur on February 13, 1883. Bruckner proceeded to alter the coda of the Adagio into the solemn melody we now have, which was played at the composer’s own funeral. The addition of the cymbal crash, however, is said to be by Arthur Nikisch, who conducted the first performance in 1884, instead of the place Bruckner was composing when he learned of Wagner’s death. The delightful Scherzo is dominated by a repeated melody in the string with trumpets imitating a cock-crow. The Finale is a blend of solemn and humorous melodies with a final blaze of glory.
This 1975 recording of the Seventh Symphony by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic is just well-regarded. The beautiful sweep and majesty of the opening melody is beautifully played. Throughout the performance one feels that the orchestra is caught up by the music. The tempi are very well paced. The recording is beautifully done, except for some lack of clarity when a fortissimo is called for. The solo passages of the players absolutely clear and show us why the Berliners are so highly regarded. This is a sumptuous recording that anyone interested in Bruckner’s music needs to have.
Analyzed Folder: /192k Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 – Karajan
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -0.64 dB -18.47 dB A Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 1. Allegro Moderato.flac
DR11 over -18.07 dB B Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 2. Adagio. Sehr Feierlich Und Sehr Langsam.flac
DR10 -1.15 dB -16.76 dB C1 Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 3. Scherzo. Sehr Schnell.flac
DR11 -0.74 dB -17.35 dB C2 Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 4. Finale. Bewegt, Doch Nicht Schnell.flac
DR14 -0.77 dB -21.92 dB D Wagner – Siegfried-Idyll.flac
Number of Files: 5
Official DR Value: DR12
- Conductor – Herbert von Karajan
- Engineer – Günter Hermanns
- Liner Notes – Hanspeter Krellmann, Richard Osborne
- Liner Notes [Translation] – Daniel Henry, Mirella Noack-Rofena
- Orchestra – Berliner Philharmoniker
- Photography – Siegfried Lauterwasser
- Producer – Dr. Hans Hirsch, Magdalene Padberg
- Recording Supervisor – Cord Garben, Michel Glotz
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section.
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
- Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
- Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96(24/192): Twisted Wave 1.18
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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