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Wow! - those are some SLOW timings!

I'd read some reviews indicating the tempos were slow in this new performance, but I just re-checked my Celibidache/Munich (EMI) recording and Ballot even manages to out-slow Celibidache in two of the four movements (second and fourth, although just by a few seconds in the fourth) - I would never have thought this kind of accomplishment would even be possible! ;-)

I've also read that the echo-ey acoustics of St. Florian influenced Ballot's tempo choices. In a previous discussion, we noted that this is a minimally microphoned recording (one omni for each of the five channels), so that's pretty exciting for me and I do plan to acquire this release soon. (I've been so busy getting my CD's onto computer - it's taking almost all of my free time because of all the meta info acquisition and listening checks involved.) Also, I can't listen on Spotify right now since my Facebook/Spotify account was hacked and I'm giving it some time before I re-enroll.

It's too bad that a blu-ray was not made of this performance - from the looks of that still photo on the back, it appears as if the Oberösterreichisches Jugendsinfonieorchester (the "OÖ JSO", as some folks fondly call it!) has some babes within its ranks. Babes and Bruckner - does it get any better than that? ;-) In fact, let's post another pic of them:

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