A. Bruckner, Symphony No.7, G. Wand
A.Bruckner / L.v.Beethoven, Symphony No.7 / Piano Concerto No.3, C.Abbado / A.Brendel
The production of this DVD – made for TV in Germany (imagine flipping channels in this country and accidentally happening upon a live broadcast of a Bruckner symphony…) – is bare-bones. No specials, no extras, no fancy or multiple angles. The mix of close-ups and wide-angle shots is well done and most of the focus, rightly, is on Günter Wand. A booklet with a short essay on Wand and Bruckner is included. There is not much competition for Bruckner Sevenths on DVD, but Wand should likely deserve the top spot next to the Abbado/Lucerne connection (EuroArts), which also offers Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with Brendel and a generally more festive atmosphere.