Of all the Bruckner symphonies, No 3 is the most fraught with editorial 'problems'. At least eight versions are known to exist: the original version of 1873 (unpublished); the first revision (1874, also unpublished); a 'rhythmic revision' (1876); a third revision, published in 1878 as the first edition (used for the premiere); a 'Fritz Oeser' edition of 1877; and two other versions from 1889, one edited by Novak. This recording is of the 1877 third (first published) version, with the inclusion of an 1876 version of its Adagio containing much new material, which was discovered pasted over in the orchestral parts used in the first performance. Bruckner called No 3 his 'Wagner Symphony' and it contains many quotations from the Wagner operas including the famous cascading strings from the Tannhäuser Overture.
'I deem this as good a Bruckner Third (in any version) as I have heard. It has been a pleasure to review, and now to recommend' (Fanfare, USA)
'Beautiful playing'(Hi-Fi News)
'Vänskä conducts Bruckner with power and understanding and draws rich and finely nuanced playing'(Gramophone)
'Superbly recorded … this is an account to recommend' (International Record Review)
B. G. Cohrs in KLASSIK heute 4 / 01: "Eine spannende Ein-
spielung der Dritten. Wenn wie bei diesem Bruckner-
Debüt von Vänskä auf CD ein so bemerkenswertes klang-
liches Ergebnis erzielt wird, läßt das auch für die
Zukunft der Bruckner-Rezeption das Beste hoffen."
Sinfonie Nr. 3 d-moll "Wagner Sinfonie" (1877 version, edited by Leopold Nowak, with 1876 Adagio)