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Against all odds, I think his Koln recording is his best, if primarily for the finale of the first movement, which seethes with an extraordinary intensity. The rest is pretty awesome, too. The Lubeck recordings are entirely worthy, but for me venue does not trump direction.
This is the one in the Wand Bruckner box set, yes?
Yes. Michael Schaffer pointed out--correctly, I think--that it has a
certain 'wildness' that are not present in later recordings. As far as
Wand B 9s, I'd say the one from Japan recorded 11/14/2000 is the best
I've heard. It's on YouTube, but the sound is so-so. Don't know if the
Cds are still available from Japan.