- Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN: B008PC1GF8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (DG The Originals)
|Price:||£9.24 & FREE UK Delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon over £20. Delivery Details|
|You Save:||£0.75 (8%)|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
KARAJAN HERBERT VON / WIENER P
Top Customer Reviews
Towards the end of his controversial career he returned to the VPO and made a number of recordings of which this is one and where is failings with the BPO are left behind him and instead we get the composer's music rather than Karajan. This is a simply magnificent performance of this greatly romantic symphony which is lovingly conducted without getting in the way of the music. Other reviewers have gone into great details so I will refrain except to see although Karajan recorded this symphony many times but this is his masterpiece. It makes one regret that he did not have the foresight to stop being a egotist in his BPO days and just let the music speak. How many more very special recordings, like this one, would have been committed to tape? HIs own legacy would have been served better as well. Special mention of the VPO for sheer musicality and beauty of tone - awe inspiring! The same stunning playing is also bestowed on HVK's last recording the Bruckner 7.
Finally I had the original 2 disc issue of this recording where the digital sound was very harsh and unyielding. I have now bought the single disc remastered version and the difference in sound is a revelation. The new remastered version is warm, spacious and in ever way one of the finest recordings (sound wise at least) that the VPO have put on disc.
IF you want to Brucker 8 to satisfy look no further than this one.
This great work, rated by many as the greatest in the romantic classical repertoire, cannot be limited by just one interpretation; I have many, but this ranks among the best.
There is dynamism, thoughtfulness, occasional restraint, and even some humility in this performance, all of which are commendable: this is a lily which needs no gilding.
The orchestra plays with the cohesion and involvement of a string quartet: every entry is synchronous, every phrase is lovingly crafted, but the expressiveness appears to come from the music itself, from the hand of the composer, rather than the expertise of the players or the conductor.
Herein lies the "Wow" factor.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic performance of arguably the greatest symphony ever composed.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fabulous item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 14 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
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... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Marcia
A much over-hyped recording; not a testament, as is so often implied, given its proximity to the conductor's death - so convenient for the biographers and eulogists. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2013 by Philoctetes
Great symphony,Furtwangler thought it the greatest of all,Karajan coaxes the utmost from the VPO,and on one disc(hate split symphonies)this is unbeatable. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2013 by Music Lover