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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 / Haitink, Vpo

Release Date: 05/31/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470534   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These digital remakes offer excellent performances of both symphonies. Bernard Haitink's first recording of the Third (with the Concertgebouw) remains one of his finest Bruckner performances, and although some listeners may well prefer it to this more sober, grandiose rendition, there's no contesting the excellence of the playing or the sincerity of Haitink's approach. The Adagio has particular cogency, and the version used (the 1877 Oeser edition) strikes an excellent balance between the wildness of the original and the excessively chopped up "final" score published by Nowak. Sonically the digital recording is good but a touch dry and not quite as colorful as it could be.

Regarding the Eighth Symphony, the
Read more third time's a charm, for this easily is Haitink's finest performance, and the monumental approach suits such a monumental score. If the Third Symphony evokes memories of the celebrated Böhm recording, this Eighth has something of the epic majesty of Giulini, though with tempos a bit fleeter and with a welcome use of the marginally longer Haas edition. Haitink's account of the finale is one of the finest around, and the Vienna Philharmonic plays the music as only it can, which is to say magnificently, if you like a horn-led brass section. Sonically this performance is warmer and more expansive than the Third.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Great pair of Bruckner Symphonies! April 18, 2013 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "Bernard Haitink is among the greatest Bruckner conductors, and these performances are examples of his finest work. Tempos are not rushed but never drag, the playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is very fine, and these recordings of both symphonies are wonderful. Symphony #3 is the 1877 revision of the score, somewhat more concise than the original, but not oversimplified as is the final revision Bruckner made a few years later. Many beautiful and exciting passages, sounding a bit like improvisations, remain in the 1877. There is little more I can say about #8 except that this is one of the the very finest recordings of that monumental symphony I have ever heard. The compact format of these Philips "Duo" packages also is a convenience. I already had Haitink's performances of these works with the Royal Concertgebouw, but I'm very glad i bought these Vienna peformances; they are better!" Report Abuse
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