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Bruckner: Symphony No.8 (DG The Originals)

Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B008PC1GF8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1. Allegro moderato
2. 2. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
3. 3. Adagio: Feierlich langsam; doch nicht schleppend
4. 4. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell

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DGG 4790528; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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5.0 out of 5 stars Götterdämmerung 2 July 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Not all of Karajan's almost obsessive re-makes are by any means an improvement on what came before but this, his penultimate Bruckner recording from November 1988 (the Seventh was recorded in April 1989) and one of his last studio recordings before his death in July of the following year, is undoubtedly one of his greatest.

Indeed, some would call this the greatest recording of the greatest symphony by the greatest conductor and I'm not going to bother to debate that highly contentious claim; I would merely say that it represents a distillation of everything both the composer and Karajan were trying to achieve, and is one of the most profoundly moving and spiritually uplifting recordings in the entire canon.

First, a few canards to dispose of. The sound is superb; not at all typical of the thin glassy, screechy early digital recordings which too often appeared in the 80's but is rather rich, warm and full with a remarkably good combination of balance, transparency and warmth. The virtuosity of different sections of the VPO emerges clearly, especially the Wagner tubas and the trumpets and horns combined at the end of the first movement. The dynamic range is ideal; pianissimi whisper and fortissimo tutti thunder without distortion.

Nor is this by any means an especially slow or indeed in the least lethargic account. True, Karajan is not as quick as the nervy, Romantic Furtwängler (who uses his own edition of the 1892 first performance score) in 1944 with the VPO, or Maazel (who uses the shorter Nowak edition, in any case) with the BPO in 1989.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class Bruckner recording 24 Aug 2013
By Miss M. Potter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This classic recording of Symphony 8 by Bruckner is a rich and powerful version. Here we have the later 1890 edition performed by Herbert Von Karajan and the Wiener Philharmoniker Orchestra.
After the first edition in 1887 had been presented to Bruckner's collaborator conductor Hermann Levi and rejected as impossible to perform, Bruckner revised the composition in 1890. Some may prefer the validity of the earlier edition that was longer and has double wood wind instead of the triple here. But although Bruckner may have bowed to pressure from the likes of Levi and other critics He obviously was happy with the revision and I feel that this recording does justice to the edition.
The Digital recording is excellent and the clarity and balance are just right. The recording is a few years old now but you cannot go wrong with this fine release. It is a magnificent work and an equally magnificent recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan carries it off again. 18 Nov 2013
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I have grown into Karajan's recorded performances over the years, having deemed them a bit too lush, smooth, and possibly even superficial at times. That was a misjudgment. Neither he nor the VPO got where they are today by being superficial.
This great work, rated by many as the greatest in the romantic classical repertoire, cannot be limited by just one interpretation; I have many, but this ranks among the best.
There is dynamism, thoughtfulness, occasional restraint, and even some humility in this performance, all of which are commendable: this is a lily which needs no gilding.
The orchestra plays with the cohesion and involvement of a string quartet: every entry is synchronous, every phrase is lovingly crafted, but the expressiveness appears to come from the music itself, from the hand of the composer, rather than the expertise of the players or the conductor.
Herein lies the "Wow" factor.
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