9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2001
This new Bruckner 8th with Haroncourt and the Berlin Philharmonic brings a number of surprises. First it is much more romantic then I would have expected. Harnoncourt does not rush through Bruckner like some conductors today. He allows the music to unfold in a very natural manner. The balance between the Brass, wings, and strings as always with the Berlin Philharmonic is perfect. The Playing of the orchestra is beyond first rate---which one always expects of the Berlin Philharmonic and they deliver again---this orchestra is the Bruckner orchestra and they clear know this music from having recorded and played almost countless times. However they allow Harnoncourt his view point which is often fresh and alive with out being hurried.
The Karajan recordings still are the recordings of this piece, however if you buy this recording you will be very pleased. I would say that this is the finest Bruckner 8th to appear in sometime.
Wonderful addition to the great Bruckner recordings of the past.