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Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Dennis Russell Davies, Et Al

Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 628560   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruckner Orchester Linz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruckner Orchester Linz
Period: Romantic 
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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