"On Sunday evening, in the eighth of the B.B.C. Bruckner concerts, Jascha Horenstein conducted a cogent performance of the Sixth Symphony ... a strong, shapely one in which the fertility of Bruckner's invention came to the fore. The long Adagio is a nobly sustained movement, reaching forward into Mahler. In the Scherzo Bruckner's melodic fancy - and his scoring - are light and delicate. The finale opens with bold "white-note" harmony whose consecutive ninths still sound surprising today. The rounded pizzicato tone of the LSO basses is always a distinct pleasure." - Financial Times, 1964
Recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in late 1961 and broadcast just once, three years later, this superb performance of Jascha Horenstein conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 in A major is a rare and important addition to the Pristine catalogue.
The occasion marked the first time Horenstein conducted music by Bruckner with the LSO, which had not played the Sixth since a performance conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty in 1936, and was also the orchestra's first recording of any music by this composer. The symphony entered Horenstein's repertory in March 1931 and was his favourite of the canon after the Third, based on number of performances. XR remastered by Andrew Rose, this is a truly essential release.