With vol. 5, the Hamburg Philharmonic has concluded its recording of the group of Bruckner symphonies that have been passed down to us in several versions. The First Symphony is a very special case: while numbers 2, 3, 4 and 8 all went through a first revision shortly after they were completed, in the case of the First a quarter of a century passed before the composer set about revising it. And: uniquely among its siblings, the First is mainly performed today in its original form, the Linz version. The “Vienna version” of 1890/91 is heard less frequently.
The Hamburg Bruckner series, recorded live at the Laeiszhalle, has developed into one of the most important cycles and the strength of its interpretive independence is growing through the ongoing collaboration between the orchestra and its composer.
"...This moves to the top of my Bruckner 1 list - a short one to be sure, but important nonetheless." *****
Stephen Ritter - Audiophile Audition.com - 1 March 2012