In the 1980s, Eliahu Inbal began performing the mature symphonies of Anton Bruckner in the original versions, and this critically acclaimed project was the beginning of a reassessment of Bruckner's work that has had worldwide influence. Since Inbal's groundbreaking recordings with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra were released, many other conductors have taken up the cause for the unaltered versions, which are in many ways dramatically different in form and content from the familiar revised editions, established as canonical in the scholarly editions by Robert Haas and Leopold Nowak. The reason for preferring Bruckner's raw originals is based on the composer's wishes to preserve them after his death and to have them supersede all other revisions he had made in his lifetime, usually at the behest of well-meaning friends and students. Knowing this, listeners should expect to find the music to be different to varying degrees in the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Ninth symphonies, sometimes with completely unfamiliar movements. Inbal's perceptive interpretations and the Frankfurt orchestra's committed playing made these classic CDs in their time, and this 2011 box set brings them all together in a convenient and affordable package that should save collectors the trouble of collecting them as separate import discs. Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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