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Bruckner: Symphony No.8 (2 CDs)

Bruckner: Symphony No.8 (2 CDs)

1 Jan 1989
4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1989
  • Release Date: 20 Feb. 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1989 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:22:32
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  • ASIN: B003ZHL8QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,950 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2012
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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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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2013
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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 woodwind 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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This was one of Karajan's last recordings and one of the very best he made in his illustrious career. Whatever one might think of the uneveness of quality in Karajan's digital era, gems like this recording leave a indelibable impression. The refined poise, power and delicacy of the Vienna Philharmonic allied to Karajan's strong sense of direction and purpose throughout create an intensely spiritual reading.
This is one of the most unforgettable Bruckner interpretations ever put on disc. It can not recommended highly enough.
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Feeling rather low-key following a long period of depression and assorted mal-functions, I have just played this remarkable symphony conducted by a remarkable conductor. It was a truly wonderful experience lifting my spirits and my thoughts to a greater clarity. The performance is almost overwhelming in concept as one becomes immersed in the sheer power, pushing negatives issues into the background and filling one with inspiration and hope. A great admirer of Karajan, this must be one of his best recordings.
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Karajan's EMI recording of the 8th is more powerful, but this DG recording has its own attraction - the sumptuousness of the orchestra playing is just amazing and the trance-like atmosphere in slow sections lift the music up to different sphere. Highly recommendable alonside Wand and Barenboim's outstanding live recording - Bruckner: Symphony No. 8] ]& [[ASIN:B000000SNP Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8.
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This recording and interpretation is very smooth, resplendent and highly coloured. Karajan's overall concept seems to me to be one of gentleness and luxuriance with some degree of drama. In comparing this reading with the Wand performance with the BPO it is less powerful, and less articulated but more luminous. These 2 interpretations the one by Karajan and the one by Wand are so different in feeling and concept that for most of the work they seem like two entirely different symphonies (almost). I think this reading by Karajan is very sumptuous but all the same I really do prefer the Wand reading more, where certain articulated parts and melodic contours (especially the winds) are more dramatic and more highly defined. The sound of the Karajan recording is all extremely well blended into one iridescent almost impressionistic whole, while the Wand (BPO) reading is played more graphically and with more dramatic contrast in the articualted parts. The Karajan view is like a Turner landscape painting, the Wand is like architecture and landscape itself. I have not heard the Wand recording of this symphony with the NDR which may be even more exhilarating and magnificent due to the special acoustical effects created in the Lubeck Cathedral where that performance was recorded live. Bruckner: Symphony No. 8Bruckner: Symphony No 8
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