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Caught in spectacular sound, this is a good but not great performance of Bruckner’s mighty edifice conducted by the LSO’s then-Music Director-designate. Film director Corentin Leconte ensures non-interventionist camerawork; the LSO is on top form, the full dynamic range on display.

Rattle conducts Bruckner’s revised 1889/90 version of the symphony from memory, using antiphonally-placed violins for clarity. The string sound throughout is beautifully rich, the brass magisterial. Rattle conveys the expanse of the first movement well; the Scherzo is dynamic, full of fantasy. But the Adagio, which jettisons the composer’s caveat ‘doch nicht schleppend’, becomes more Mahlerian than Brucknerian in Rattle’s hands.

A batonless Sir Simon, reminding us of his firebrand days in choice of repertoire if not dynamism, is partnered by the peerless Aimard in the Apocalypse-inspired Messiaen. The LSO players soak up the challenges, playing with the accuracy of chronometers.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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