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Masterful Eighth from Günter at the Dom,
This review is from: Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (Audio CD)
Günter Wand was always a master conductor of Bruckner's giant Symphony No.8. A fiery live recording from Cologne has recently reappeared on the market; as the years went on, Wand's interpretation got more spacious, noble, heartfelt. This 1987 Lübeck Cathedral broadcast is much the same length as the Gramophone Award-winning 2001 Berlin concert, but where in the latter one is struck by the physical impact of the playing and the sheer passion of the then 89 year-old conductor, here it is intensity married to a deep feeling of reverence, in a very reverential setting. The depth of acoustic, the resonance of the venue, these magnify somewhat the grandeur of the composer's symphonic vision and I felt the music anew, which after countless eighths was no mean feat.