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Can there be a better Bruckner recording?
on 3 December 2001
Arguably the world's greatest conductor of the "core" Austro-German repertoire continues his latest traversal of the Bruckner symphonies with this extraordinary reading of the 8th Symphony, recorded in the Berlin Philharmonie in January 2001, a few weeks after his 89th birthday. The fire of inspiration burns as brightly as ever, the orchestra play like angels and the recording quality could hardly be improved upon. Wand regards this symphony not as a "romantic" work, but as a large classical symphony whose structure must be respected and adhered to. The result should win over even hardline Bruckner-sceptics. A bargain, and already a historic recording.