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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B000J10DSO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a great performance of this epic Bruckner symphony. And I do not use the term 'great' about performances lightly.

It also makes for a fascinating contrast with the Haitink performance with the RCO. I have known and loved that since first hearing it live over 30 years ago; essentially, it hasn't changed since then- broad, intense, spiritual, concentrated and superbly played.

Wand's reading is different - more flexible in tempo, it creates more light and shade in this gargantuan symphony - and that's no bad thing on such a long journey! Even more revealing is Wand's superb control of internal balance; one almost hears details of orchestration and transition as if for the very first time.

Like all fine Bruckner performances, needless to say, Wand and the Berliners have a clear grasp of the moment, as well as the symphony's long-term architecture. And the orchestra plays fabulously in this live reading - it must have brought the house down.

And the sound? This is probably the best sounding of the series I have heard thus far; the wiriness of string tone has been tamed, and the engineers have wrung a tad more air out of the Philharmonie's unwelcoming acoustic.

However, the dynamics still sound constrained and rather 'sat on'. Is this Wand or the engineers? Frankly, not having been there in 2001, I don't know. But listen to Bohm's Bruckner 4 on Universal to hear far truer and more powerful Bruckner dynamics. So, overall, good but no cigar for sound quality, I'm afraid.

Wand and Haitink both comfortably inhabit the summit of Bruckner 8 performances on SACD. Maybe Wand's flag is a few feet higher? No matter, great music always embraces different but epic performances...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Irresistable force of nature 10 Feb. 2008
By Unauthorizedbeast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wand, the BPO and DSD-derived SACD? The orignal CD is perfect. This SACD is more than perfect. The orchestra has greater dimensionality AND clarity. The dynamic contrasts are much more realistic and the "flow" or "pace" is much more involving compared to the CD original. It is expensive but, it may be the last 8th you'll need! Of course, you MUST listen to the SACD layer to realize the improvements.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
God IS and ALWAYS WAS! Just ask Gunther Wand!... 10 Aug. 2014
By TONY L. ENGLETON C.N.M.T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
08-09-2014 Well, I did it again, accidently deleted a good review I was typing and I will try to recall the key points and not make it too wordy. This is the Super Audio version of the November 2007 CD recording of the Bruckner 8th Symphony, with Gunther Wand and the Berlin Philharmonic. Currently in the catalog, there are I think 4 other works that have been SA'ed by the Japanese technical staff, the 7th, the 4th and I believe the 5th, as well. For me, the 8th is one of the top ten all-time great Symphonies easily ranking up there in the stratosphere with the Schubert 8th and 9th, the Beethoven 5th, 9th and 3rd, along with likely the "Pathetique", the "New World," and perhaps even either the Haffner of the Brahms d-minor or the Mendelssohn 'Reformation." At any rate,
the Bruckner #8 runs, in this reading , a generous 89:07 over 2 CD's with a booklet that is 97.5% Japanese, thereby totally useless to us listeners, let alone most of the music loving world. but, as for the music, there are so many examples of the exquisite beauty and power of this epic composition, I would like to detail the Adagio, the 8th's best part and the most gorgeous slow movement in all the Symphonic repertoire of anyone's efforts.
The 3rd movement, runs for 27;32 and, is in the Haas version with a little extra material, omitted by the later Nowak of 1955. There are three main theme expositions in this rapturous music, each as follows. The theme opens with softly murmuring middle strings that gracefully climb in intensity through the violins into the brass, embellished by a quartet of Wagner Tubas before gently alighting, like butterflies, on the full string choir. A slow ascent in the brass, topped by trumpets then settles again on strings, with 3 harps blending their arpeggios in overlapping style, making 3 sound like more.This entire sequence takes about 50-60 seconds, and is repeated with much similarity, but now even fuller and richer in tone, the deeper brass and basses bolstering the melody with a sturdy flame of piety and conviction. This second exposition begins at 06:48 and strides grandly towards the higher regions around 07:15 and upon that point the music splits up into multiple expressions like the divergent flight paths of songbirds, each beauteous as a solo creature, but more lovely as an ensemble. Their short "faith trek" accomplished, the group of ideas reunite on a distant branch and blend into that one voice from which they set out, representing the unity of their faith in the Resurrection of the departed, having preceded them in the "Journey to God." Then around the 10;01 mark, the rolling, flowing quest for the ultimate begins to take shape, overlapping phrases with layer upon layer of rapture until it becomes almost unbearably poignant and we can now start to sense the infinite glory that is mysteriously at hand. Hands are clasped, heads are bowed and eyes closed as hearts open with fearful awe and trembling, Heaven is at hand. It IS true, God IS and ALWAYS WAS. But, we are still here on Earth, "terra firma," feeling abandon? Has this vision been only a cruel deceit, intended by terrestrial authorities to "keep us in line?" As loving and as noble as their intentions have been, what we have had here is the shared experience of an audience taken into the imagination of the composer, a fictitious event, yes, but grounded firmly on a rock hard faith, planted generations past in the Western Tyrolean soil of the simple folk of that simplest of European peoples. So, after all of this magnificent music, the pace now takes on that unique lullaby conclusion that glides and comforts as only Bruckner can do, reaching heights or tenderness and humanity that we Brucknerians are so grateful for, and Wand has endeared himself to this music for over 75 years. The grand old man mounts the podium at the epic age of 85, stands for the entire Symphony, and my DVD with his NDR recording that same year attests to his miraculous stamina. Could it be his "second wind" is of a celestial origin? perhaps, yes! In any event, the finale is no less grand, but the grace and spirituality of this Adagio will leave you examining you conscience and meditating on the divine in music. As for this issue of the composer's "imagination woven into the miraculous Adagio, we can't ask the Maestro, but he has better things to do, I believe, at the current time, such as a command performance in the Concert Hall of Heaven, and this 27 plus minute Adagio will last for eternity.
My highest recommendations for the Bruckner 8th in Super Audio, and a sincere God bless you, all. AND, God bless Gunther Wand, music's good servant, but God's first. best wishes, tony. AMDG!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
From the greatest series of recordings--ever? 27 Aug. 2010
By let it lead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The series of live recordings of Bruckner symphonies with Günter Wand and the Berlin Philharmonic released in SA-CD hybrid by RCA/BMG/Esoteric (Japan) is unquestionably one of the finest recordings I've ever heard--and I've only listened to the CD layer. The sound is not equally impressive for each release (Bruckner 4, 5, 7, 8, & 9 are represented), but taken as a group, these define the true sound of a close perspective on the world's greatest orchestra--these recordings will probably make you believe it, too! The rapport between the players and Maestro Wand is palpable. This is what trust sounds like.

Having occasionally performed with another top orchestra, I feel quite certain that these recordings will give you an impression of what it feels like to be involved in those special moments on stage. Sit back and enjoy, but you will be drawn in even if Bruckner is not your preferred repertoire.
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