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Yet another superfluous encomium for this miraculous disc,
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...but I cannot help myself, even though I know I can add little to the preceding responses. Rather than attempt any detailed analysis, I'll simply share with you a couple of moments which make the hairs on my nape prickle: the Wagner tubas' "Farewell to life" motif at the beginning of the Adagio and that wondrous moment at 19'23" when St Peter's gates swing open and a sonic panorama worthy of John Martin's epic landscape "The Plains of Heaven" lies before us like a dream.
Time is irrelevant in Giulini's cosmic vision; his command of legato and phrasing ensure that we are never conscious of his profligacy. The quality of both the playing and sound - despite being only 16 bit "red book" standard - is demonstration level. (OK; I detected one minor mini-blip from the brass at 3'03"; it was a live performance and even the VPO are only human.) There is no audience noise and you could not ask for more depth or clarity in the auditory picture. I came late to this masterpiece of an interpretation and it encourages me to explore other of Giulini's Bruckner recordings; what a pity he never made a complete cycle.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2011 11:58:46 GMT
D. S. CROWE says:
There are comparatively few recordings that deserve the epithet "important", but this is one of them.
I've had this recording since the day it was released, and I play it regularly still. It is my "reference" 9th, and although I greatly enjoy many other recordings, none of them approaches this one for the grandeur, drama and humanity of its conception. As you rightly state, this unremastered early digital recordings still outshines all its rivals in sheer sound quality also. A MUST for all Brucknerians. As ever, Stewart.
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D. S. CROWE says:
Greetings Jeremy-I haven't read your review yet-deliberately-I will after this message-but I found the LB B9 to be a total misfire, almost embarassingly awful. There are many great 9ths, and the Karajan which I first had on LP is certainly one of them, and we've discussed the Harnoncourt in the past-but for me, this is THE great performance-a real monument in recording! I'm really glad you've enjoyed it. Now, on to your LB review!! Best Regards As Ever, S!
Posted on 13 Oct 2012 16:03:45 BDT
Nathaniel "Nate" Berkley says:
I am writing to you since I would like to know, what is the best version of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony conducted by Furtwängler?
The versions are: 17th Oct. 1944 (Vienna), 14th Mar. 1949 (Berlin), 15th Mar. 1949 (Berlin) and 10th Apr. 1954 (Vienna).
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 17:42:31 BDT
Ralph Moore says:
I find myself very happy indeed with the live 1944 performance, both in terms of its visceral concentration and tolerable sound (without too much coughing, unlike the 1949 version).
This seems to be the best transfer and remastering:
Bruckner: Symphony No 8
although this is a very good buy, too:
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