It is also worth noting the existence of two earlier Bruckner Sixths conducted by Klemperer in 1961, some three years before the EMI recording was made, one in the radio studio with the BBC Symphony (now on Testament) and the other in concert with the Concertgebouw (available on the usual suspects). Both of these performances are "rougher" around the edges than in the studio, with some very clunky gear changes, plus a second movement that at 13 minutes is a minute and a half faster than with the New Philharmonia - more Andante than Adagio I would suggest (and Mr Howell suggests that some people find Klemperer a little on the fast side in this movement on the EMI recording !). If the logical conclusion is that Klemperer is at his best in this work with the New Philharmonia recording, it is to overlook the coupled Bruckner Te Deum on the Testament disc from the BBC, which to my mind is totally stupendous!
But overall I do agree with the (brave?) verdict - that Keilberth/Berlin is a more satisfying experience in this work than Klemperer/New Philharmonia. Thank you again !
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