Yes, Eleven Symphonies rather than the acknowledged Nine (and more than even the double figures in fact given the many, sometimes wholesale, revisions, as well as different editors and publications of the same Symphony), and including the two that are often decided against for complete sets – those normally identified as “00” in F-minor (“Study Symphony”) and “0” in D-minor, referred to by Bruckner as “Die Nullte” and today as “Annullierte” (Nullified), which came after the official First. (Bruckner being very hard on his own music.) Yet “00” (edited Nowak), the only Bruckner first movement with an exposition repeat, is attractive, the composer exploring possibilities, and indeed it’s possible to hear later achievements peeking through. As for No.1, Thielemann, with a recording of the 1866 ‘Linz’ score already available,, now gives us the heavier 1891 ‘Vienna’ revision (not Bruckner’s smartest move to have made changes), edited Nowak, and accommodates it well. Then the Symphony that might have been the Second but was scorned by Bruckner to be lesser than than the First, a shame, although Thielemann is rather too deliberate with it at times. As for those later Symphonies now appearing for the first time from Thielemann in this box, the Sixth (Nowak) has a fine full-sail quality in the first movement, and the Adagio has its in-depth expression fully realised even at a slightly too flowing tempo. That leaves the Seventh – Haas plus Nowak’s cymbal clash in the slow movement (like Karajan and Celibidache, for example) – a glorious performance (alongside Thielemann’s Four, Five and Eight) if with one slight if niggling disappointment: that at 3:37 in the first movement the oboe isn’t more pronounced.

Sony Classical 19658760172 (11 CDs)