Wilhelm Furtwangler. Berlin Philharmonic. 1942. Who has ever played Bruckner like this before or since? The final five minutes is perhaps the most searingly intense example of great music making I know.
Anyone who wants to understand what makes Furtwangler the most larger than life, transcendent podium presence there has ever been (which is not the same as saying the 'greatest'), you must read this article.
I'm in my Bruckner hangover phase. Long may it continue.