I, like Ralph Moore, have also listened to many Bruckner IV's, probably more than the recommended government guidelines .... but there is always going to be one recording that, for one reason or other, is going to be the least satisfactory in one's listening experience. I am certainly happy to take Mr Moore's word that if this latest version from Luisi is the worst in his own listening experience, then it probably isn't very good, even if Mr Moore's own preferred versions (Karajan, Tennstedt, Schaller and Nelsons), ultimately is different to my own (Karajan/EMI, Bohm/Decca and Celibidache with the Munich PO).
As for Klemperer, I've not heard the Vox recording referenced by Martin, but I am familiar with his Philharmonia account and have long puzzled why many hold it in high esteem. For me, in this recording, the opening is terse and lacks mystery, whilst conversely the scherzo is too slow and lumbering (if this is supposed to be a hunting scherzo, then it's not going to catch much at this speed !). However, this is just my opinion and I'm sure many reading this will be shaking their heads in bewilderment and only slightly mollified when I then point out that I find old Otto in other music to be a colossus !
And this is surely the point ? It's only an opinion and I'm sure Mr Moore would be the first to point out that there must be somebody else out there, other than Fabio Luisi himself, who thinks this recording from Zurich is in first place among over 200 Bruckner 4ths. It probably won't be me however !
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