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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden

Bruckner,Anton / Thielemann / Skd
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10031   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The Staatskapelle Dresden certainly hasn't lost its touch in Bruckner, and happily Christian Thielemann also does his best work in this live performance. He paces all four movements just about perfectly, with enough freedom of pulse (especially in the finale) to keep the rhythms from turning monotonous. The first movement has wonderfully powerful climaxes and the scherzo plenty of joyous energy (save for a couple of unnecessary diminuendo/crescendos at the end of sections).

The adagio is very beautiful, with superb work from the strings, horns, and Wagner tubas. However, both here and in the finale (the coda especially) the
Read more trumpets could penetrate a bit more powerfully when they need to ride over the entire orchestra. This may be a function of the recording, which is very natural but perhaps just a touch distant. Still, as a live production it really does convey the thrill of having been there in person. There are many fine versions of this symphony currently available, but you won't be sorry if you add this one to your collection as well.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 good, but I don't think it's what Bruckner had in February 11, 2017 By Brian Linnell (Omaha, NE) See All My Reviews "10/15. All other questions aside, I'm more interested in the classical performances of my time than in the great records of generations past, so I had hoped to come away from my hearings of Thielemann's Bruckner Eighth ready to assure you there's no longer any reason to look back to the 1900's for a transcendent experience of this symphony. Thielemann's reading is certainly a landmark in the history of Bruckner interpretation, but I regret to report that it's not time to put your collection of old school Bruckner Eights up for sale at your next garage sale. Thielemann has his own way with this piece and I admire it, but his ideas seem imposed upon the score rather than drawn out of it. Thielemann's interpretation is a distraction more often than a revelation; he doesn't convince me that this was what Bruckner has in mind. Brian Linnell A Year in Classical Music AYICM.com" Report Abuse
 Unusually exciting live performance August 22, 2015 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "This live Bruckner 8 recording sounds like a live concert, in the best sense of that term. The sound is beautiful, and we hear little shifts in tempo and dynamics that Thielemann uses to put meaning and real drama into the music. The symphony seems shorter than usual to me because of this. This conductor and orchestra are ideal in projecting Bruckner's idiom." Report Abuse
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