Day 45: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Inbal)

This morning, I am listening to Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major (WAB 107) interpreted by Israeli conductor Eliahu Inbal (1936-).

I heard Maestro Inbal on six previous days:

On Day 3, Symphony No. 1.

And on Day 8, Symphony No. 2.

And on Day 14, Symphony No. 3.

And on Day 21, Symphony No. 4.

And again on Day 29, Symphony No. 5.

And again, most recently, on Day 37, Symphony No. 6.

If you want to read what I thought of his interpretations, let your mouse do the walking to those days gone by.

Otherwise, read on…

Here are the objective stats about today’s performance:

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major (WAB 107), composed 1881-1883
Eliahu Inbal conducts
Inbal used the ??? version (no version listed anywhere)
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt plays
The symphony clocks in at 63:42
This was recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, in September of 1985
Inbal was 49 when he conducted it
Bruckner was 59 when he finished composing it (the first time)
This recording was released on the Warner Classics & Jazz label/Teldec Classics label

Bruckner wrote his symphonies in four movements. The time breakdown of this one (Symphony No. 7 in E Major), from this particular conductor (Inbal) and this particular orchestra (Frankfurt Radio Symphony) is as follows:

I. Allegro moderato………………………………………………………………………………..19:27
II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam…………………………………………..23:36
III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell………………………………………………………………………..09:42
IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell……………………………………………………10:56

Total Time: 63:42

Here are the subjective aspects:

My Rating:
Recording quality: 4
Overall musicianship: 4
CD liner notes: 3 (very thin booklet, sparse essay about Bruckner translated into English, German, and French; no information at all about Eliahu Inbal)
How does this make me feel: 4

A very fine performance. Big. Spacious. Majestic. Delicate. Powerful.

It’s a little brassy – especially in the boisterous Scherzo – but this performance has enough energy and magic to pull that off.

Overall, I’d recommend this.

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