I am a very big Klemperer fan, he and Furtwangler were my first 'hero' conductors.The VSO recording sounds like everybody was concerned they'd miss the last bus, or their flight, or they'd be late for lunch or dinner if they didn't get it over and done with. I've never really liked the EMI recording either: it's too 'gruffy'. These days I am most in awe of Celibidache's Munich recording, Kurt Sanderling's Bavarian live recording. I also love Jochum's Dresden recording and Bohm's VPO version. I still find Karajan too slick - always have- and, like everything I've heard him conduct, Chailly's is too cold and brutal. I also really like Skrowaczewski's recordings, including a You Tube performance with the Galicia Orchestra. Then there is Wand's BPO recording.
Getting back to Klemperer, I've never regarded his 6th as highly as others, and, of course, his EMI 8th is truncated. HIs best Bruckner, I believe, was his 9th, one of his last recordings. Ensemble is a bit erratic but there's real tension and commitment.
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