This recording of the Symphony No.8 (Edition Haas) marks the start and the first live recording of the Bruckner cycle tour, which began in October 2019 in the much-celebrated concert at the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic, who have premiered four out of Bruckner’s 9 symphonies are familiar to his music unlike any other orchestra. With Christian Thielemann they have one of the few Bruckner experts on their side who has since 2000 been a musical partner of the orchestra. Thielemann has also conducted the New Year’s Concert for the first time in 2019.
The Vienna Philharmonic initiated a new Bruckner symphony cycle with Christian Thielemann in 2019. The new cycle is planned to last until 2024, the the 200thRead more anniversary year of Anton Bruckner’s birth. We will release the live performances from the Musikvereinsaal, Vienna.
Thielemann draws fulsome, richly burnished playing from the orchestra. Orchestral textures are transparent, and he has a full grasp of the work’s architecture. Each climax is carefully prepared and powerfully executed. Melodic phrases are shaped with great affection and he uses a wide color palette from his players. Every ingredient is there, carefully measured out and expertly blended, poured into the pan and placed into the oven with care. Sony’s engineers capture the Musikverein’s exalted acoustic and the orchestra’s glorious sound with enviable precision and warmth. This is an exceptionally beautiful performance, with orchestral playing that cannot be bettered.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108by Anton Bruckner Conductor:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: Vienna, Austria
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Fine performance with low er tensionFebruary 19, 2021By Gail M. (Goleta, CA)See All My Reviews"The Thielemann Bruckner Eights performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker and by the Staatskapelle Dresden are almost identical, except that this one comes on a single disk. Excellent recording, beautiful playing, with Thielemann's usual gestures, such as his slowing for the final notes in each movement. The Haas Edition is performed here, which allows for a bit more mystery and excitement in the hands of a few conductors, e.g. Boehm and Boulez. With Thielemann we have a grand, beautiful, slightly relaxed view of Bruckner's visionary masterpiece. Very enjoyable listening."Report Abuse