Rave review for new Bruckner 7

CD of the week
Bruckner: 7th Symphony
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal/Yannick Nézet-Séguin (ATMA Classique) ****

This is the finest Bruckner I have heard from a young conductor since Franz Welser-Möst started shaving. The Canadian in charge is 31 years old and has just been appointed to succeed Valery Gergiev in Rotterdam. He shapes the gigantic Adagio at the heart of this work, a tribute to the dying Wagner, with austere and respectful restraint. The performance as a whole is marked by a fastidious refusal to emote and a structural certainty that seems uncanny in a maestro of such little experience. Within the massive score, he teases out decorative details from the woodwinds and lower strings, cleaning up the old warhorse as if it were about to run at Ascot. The opening of the finale is positively frisky and the playing of Montreal’s second orchestra is flawless, world-class. Nézet-Séguin is unquestionably the talent to watch. He makes his London debut at the South Bank on March 9; miss it if you dare.

This is from the pen of Norman Lebrecht, writing in La Scena Musicale. It comes at the end of an article bemoaning the recent ridiculous decision of the BBC Trust to prohibit further free downloads of classical music.

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