This performance can confidently be claimed as one of the great Bruckner recordings of the age... The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is luminous as though lit from within, immensely strong, yet flawless in every aspect of tone and touch.
Ten years on from its making in Vienna in 1984, this performance can confidently be claimed as one of the great Bruckner recordings of the age. It is an immensely long-breathed performance yet it is of a piece with itself and the music it serves. It is a reading that is suffused from start to finish with its own immutable logic, cast and voiced, you might say, like a great tenor bell. The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is similarly whole: luminous as though lit from within,Read more immensely strong, yet flawless in every aspect of tone and touch.
You might argue that Giulini's case is helped by his use of the tidied Nowak text; that Karajan, in his last and greatest recording, goes one stage further by conjuring from the fuller Haas edition a performance of even greater grandeur and sweep.
But the two are not in contention. Both is a miracle sufficient unto itself, the all-Austrian performance a shade earthier, perhaps, a shade rougher-hewn than the Giulini which glows, in this magnificent new transfer, like Carrara marble lit by the evening sun.'
-- Richard Osborne, The Gramophone 2/1995 Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108by Anton Bruckner Conductor:
Carlo Maria Giulini
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 05/1984 Venue: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna Length: 87 Minutes 32 Secs. Notes: Ver: 1890, Leoppold Nowak Edition, 1955.
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Part of a great traditionOctober 15, 2013By Barron H. (Austin, TX)See All My Reviews"I have been zealously searching out recordings with Giulini with my FAVORITE Orchestra: The Vienna Philharmonic!!! Ever since acquiring the Bruckner 9th, I have sought out more by this combo. One of the first remarks is about the recorded sound: It is magnificent!! DG made so many obnoxious recordings of this great Orchestra and many others - strings and brass that were too harsh and bright sounding, little or no bass, and no sense of space or the hall. Occasionally there were exceptions and these Bruckner recording (8 and 9) are great examples of how good a good DG recording could be... especially with the greatest orchestra on the planet playing in the greatest hall on the planet. Giulini conducts Bruckner with just the right sense of ardor and passion. Bruckner was a devout Catholic, and each of his symphonies have the sense of the awe and reverence of a believer. Yet, his works are not all out on the sleeve emotion, but posses a restrained fervor that is intense in its depth. Giulini was often criticized for his slow tempi, but here each movement feels right. The long crescendos build and build to an almost deafening climax. The orchestra sounds as if it were flowing out of the conductor's arms as they are so responsive to every nuance. I own Von Karajan's, Boulez, and now this one. I treasure each one (with the same Orchestra) but in my opinion, it is Giulini that hits the mark. I am grateful Arkiv exists to make these recordings available."Report Abuse
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