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Bruckner - Symphony No 8 [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Anton Bruckner , Bernard Haitink , Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (11 July 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Rco Live
  • ASIN: B0009POOOY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 (ed. R. Haas from 1887 and 1890 versions): I. Allegro moderato16:46Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 (ed. R. Haas from 1887 and 1890 versions): II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato - Langsam16:12Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 (ed. R. Haas from 1887 and 1890 versions): III. Adagio: Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend28:01Album Only

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 (ed. R. Haas from 1887 and 1890 versions): IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell24:44Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare RCO Live mistake 8 Dec 2010
By Stefan
Format:Audio CD
Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouworchestra have a magnificant Bruckner tradition. But this recording has one big problem and thats the recording quality. Probably due to too much noise in the hall the recording lacks dynamic. Dynamic and transparancy that most other RCO recording have.

If you're looking for a good RCO/Haitink performance of the 8th of Bruckner you should look at the second Philips recording.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well played but unexceptional Bruckner 8 29 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Bernard Haitink has been one of the greatest exponents of Bruckner's 8th Symphony over the last few decades, matched in his interpretative insight only by the likes of Günter Wand and Herbert von Karajan.

Unfortunately I don't feel that this live recording from 2005 captures Haitink at his best. There is nothing in particular to criticise in the performance: the symphonic structure is laid out expertly for us, and the playing of the Royal Concertgebouw (the orchestra with which Haitink was for so long associated) is of the highest order. It's just that I find the performance here slightly muted when compared with the best rival recordings, notably Günter Wand's.

Although recorded in SACD format, the sound quality is slightly cloudy, and the multichannel option doesn't add much to the experience. The disc is also playable on standard CD equipment. Incidentally, Haitink performs the Haas version of the symphony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bruckner 8th of recent years 28 Sep 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The Royal Concertgebouw has launched a successful house label based on live concerts recorded in SACD. I own the regular two-channel CD version, but it sounds very good--fresh, detailed, and natural. The orchestra itself has never sounded better. On those grounds alone this performance would be a good listen. Haitink's Bruckner Eighth--a specialty I heard him conduct with the Vienna Phil.--is shaped with unaffected naturalness. That's always been Haitink's way with this composer, but years of maturity have added a patina lacking in his first version with the same orchestra three decades ago.

His low-key, lyrical approach is immediately evident in the first movement, which avoids the thundering climaxes we get from Karajan; the same holds true for the Scherzo, which is blissfully free of raucousness. But the touchstone of any Bruckner 8th is the sublime slow movement. Haitink's timing of 28 min. is very slow (Karajan takes 25 min. in his autumnal recording with the Vienna Phil, and Boulez, conducting the same VPOa, takes just under 25). Haitink is markedly less intense than either of his rivals, but I responded to his tender, inward approach--everything holds together through his masterful shaping of the line. The finale is robust without shaking the roof down as so many big-name recordings do, and the Concertgebouw's tone remains gorgeous throughout, never raucous or brash.

My description makes it sound as if Haitink is holding firm to familiar middle-of-the-road territroy, but this really is a wise reading. I'd rank it the best I've heard in recent years, as well as one of the best recorded.

P.S. in May, 2009 -- Haitink brought the Chicago Sym. to Carnegie Hall last week in the Bruckner 8th, and although now eighty and frail enough to use a cane, he remains as masterful as on this recording. I was also happy that I didn't embarrass myself by hearing a performance that didn't match reality. His Chicago performance had all the qualities and contours of the earleir one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing as SACD 3 July 2013
By Frank Paris - Published on
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I revisited this recording after neglecting it for years. I understand now why I did. It is one of the worst SACD recordings I've ever heard. The loud passages are just a pile of mush. The orchestra seems distant and smeared. The performance however is great. Haitink understands Bruckner. But I'll have to try some of my other recordings of this symphony. I'll bet the much older Jochum recording is a much better recording. Back when I was listening to Bruckner a lot, Jochum was my favorite performer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, a little rough but nicely done overall 4 Mar 2013
By Ignis - Published on
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Bought this, the Rogner and the Herbig recordings last night.

This playing on this one is a little rough in places and the sound is not as full as the other two but it's nice enough.

The performance itself is interesting, kind of rambunctious, impetuous, devil may care; the few measures leading into the final stretto indeed threaten to veer out of control before Nanut regains his grip on it.

The scherzo surprises by featuring a very leisurely tempo in the trio in contrast with an otherwise pretty standard pace for the main body of the movement.

The adagio is very heartfelt, especially the last few minutes, though the slight accelerando here may not be to everyone's taste.

The first movement quotation at the end is nicely done and Nanut procedes to then drive the movement to a exuberant close.
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