Monday, July 18, 2011
Bruckner Symphony No.3 by Karl Bohm,VPO,DECCA 1CD
Böhm's performance of Bruckner's Third Symphony has always struck me as being memorable for the splendidly idiomatic reading of the third movement's Trio and the finale's sauntering, high-stepping polka. No version is as spellbindingly Austrian as Böhm's is at these points. The text is the 1889 revision. Böhm conducts it in a manner which is at once dogged and dramatically resilient; the VP0 playing is splendidly resolute, and there is a recording to match.
-- Gramophone [11/1982]