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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 ()

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In 1979, Yuri Ahronovitch recorded Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, delivering an extremely expansive and long-breathed reading that was typical of post-Romantic interpretations earlier in the 20th century, but it seems quite indulgent and perhaps even lax by modern standards. Certainly, Ahronovitch's timing at over 67 minutes puts the symphony in the moderately slow category, and though there are recordings that are somewhat longer, this one feels inordinately dragged out. Ahronovitch allows himself considerable flexibility in his free use of rubato, frequently slowing down for a beautiful turn of phrase at a moment's notice, and occasionally humming along out of tune, as if that helps to make the melody more expressive. Beyond that, and perhaps most troubling, the sense of architecture that is so essential to Bruckner's symphonies seems not to have mattered much to Ahronovitch, who stretches the movements out of shape with spontaneous allargandos and puts... Hide synopsis

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