Notes and Editorial Reviews
Spare a twinge of sympathy for the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. Unless you're a brass player, Bruckner is one of the least fun composers to play, though they perform him very well, and with evident pride. Davies has opted for the original, inferior version of the Eighth Symphony, with that silly first-movement coda, extra-repetitious scherzo, less-effective climax of the adagio, and its fuzzier scoring overall. On the plus side, you get the music that Nowak left out of the third and fourth movements--but this only amounts to some 50 bars, and the Haas edition of the revised version retains them. However, if you want Bruckner's first thoughts, then this live event presents them as persuasively as any.
Davies really has the
measure of the music, offering a broad account of the first movement with powerful climaxes, but a swift, lively rendition of the ensuing scherzo, which suits its unrevised character better than a slower, heavier approach. Both the adagio and finale have the necessary weight, but they never drag. The orchestral brass understands what Bruckner needs: a majestic chorale but plenty of timbral differentiation between horns, trumpets, and trombones. This gives the opening of the finale an impressive bite without excessive crudeness. The audience is almost totally silent and the sonics are well-balanced, though just a touch bright. Altogether, this set stands with Tintner on Naxos as a prime recommendation for this edition of the symphony. [5/25/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Dennis Russell Davies
Bruckner Orchester Linz
Written: Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 03/10/2004
Venue: Live Bruckner Conservatory, Linz, Austria
Notes: Version: 1884-87
Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1884 - 1887).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1887 - 1890).
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