Notes and Editorial Reviews
Maazel's Berlin Philharmonic Bruckner 8th was always competitive even at full price, but now it's the bargain of the new millenium on a single Seraphim disc. The performance is both strong and tight, with the Berlin brass section giving of their weighty but penetrating best. Maazel not only demonstrates a surprising knack for the ebb and flow of Bruckner's long, sweeping phrases, but he also builds some of the most powerful climaxes you'll ever hear in this music. Maazel's first movement has an almost unbearable intensity, but he then quickly changes the mood for the second movement Scherzo by making it far more jolly than usual. Nor does Maazel drag his feet through the Scherzo's central Trio section,
which is often stretched to the breaking point in order to make the most of the harp solos. From there, Maazel gives a knock out performance of Bruckner's most gorgeous Adagio at a near ideal 26 minutes. Rarely has the movment's climax, to say nothing of the final peroration at the end of the symphony ever sounded as convincing as here. In addition, EMI has given us better than usual digital sonics both for the Berlin Philharmonic, and for a work as large and challenging as this one. A true steal at a budget price.
--Barry Guerrero, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: Vienna, Austria
Length: 79 Minutes 32 Secs.
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