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Bruckner: Viii. Symphonie 1887 Urfassung

Bruckner / Nagano / Bayerisches Staatsorches
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Farao   Catalog #: 108075   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Length: 98 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  A Heavenly Symphony in a heavenly Length. June 1, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "06-01-2014. Kent Nagano and the Bavarian State Orchestra have recorded the 1887 "original" version of the Symphony 8 of Anton Bruckner for the Farao label, one I'm totally unfamiliar with, but the sound is good, not great and the work is spread over two disks, with a nice booklet included as well. But, the treasure is in the music, this first version being the one far too neglected by listeners. I fund this version to be quite long, yes, but also quite interesting. It contains some of the composer's best late music,, much as is found in the 3rd and 4th Symphonies earlier. Happily, the material was not destroyed by the composer, but kept, for some reason. In many cases, the jettisoning of this "extra" material was unwise as much of it allowed the body of the movements flow more evenly and smoothly, not to speak of it's aesthetic effect as pure beauty and glorious sound. Overall, the longer version is a more epic, heroic and magisterial work, with poetic, lofty ideas abounding. What's not to like? I don't know anything about this Bavarian State Orch., but I suspect some of the players are from the Bavarian Radio roster, or perhaps the Munich Philharmonic, "Beer City's" other ensemble as orchestras are a plenty in Germany, but salaries are much less than in the States. Still, Nagano gets a lot from these musicians, and drives them well over the epic length of a record 99:25!!! Not even Tintner's very long effort Can match this gargantuan span, and the beauty here is that very little of this music is boring, , tedious or mundane---------unnecessary, some of it, and not essential perhaps, but not overbearing in the least. And, the Adagio!!! It runs a stunning 33:37' or a full 3 minutes longer than the Tintner on Naxos, my first "original version" 8th. If I were a conductor, my take on this Symphony would be very similar to Nagano's. I would allow the long lines of the music, notably in the rapturously beautiful Adagio to fully express themselves, as the Maestro does here. Bruckner AaLWAYS had something to say, and even if it wasn't terribly powerful or grand, it was certainly heartfelt. His devout Catholic faith was a personal treasure for him, and he took it very seriously, indeed. His several utterances are all captured here with grace, tenderness and an attention to detail I found impressive. Nagano never skips over the music despite it's first appearance trivial ness, but weighs each phrases score fully and applies the correct emphasis for the intended effect by the composer. The result, is a rich, fulfilling blend of deeply satisfying music, full and complete in every way. I was also a quite taken with the BSO's skill at the multitude of tiny articulations necessary in the score, as they, too, pay great attention to the details, as well as does Nagano. If you desire an "original" 8th, this is the one to get, with better sound and a better orchestra than in Tintner, though I likely ax paid more than I did for Tintner. A good buy, then, of a very good performance by these forces and the best 1887 8th I currently own, , even over both Tinyner and Inbal, who also did these symphonies in their first versions. True, there ins'a lot of competition out there, but what there is , is good and well done, just not as well as this one. For me, Kent Nagano's star is rising as I continue to find him more and more interesting in just about everything he does. yet, I haven't really investigated his Mahler, a composer he is said to do rather well. That is for another day, down the road. But for now, I recommend this reading with moderate enthusiasm, and give it a solid 4 star rating. And, as always, best wishes and God bless you all, Tony," Report Abuse
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