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Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Maazel, Berlin Philharmonic

Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 73708   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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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,
Read more 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
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Length: 79 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Maazel is dazzling in the moment, but he doesn't  February 11, 2017 By Brian Linnell (Omaha, NE) See All My Reviews "12/15. The most effective readings of this symphony build to the high summits in the last two movements, the Adagio and Finale, such that when those meridians are revealed to us, resolving all the expositions and developments and minor climaxes that came before, they're breathtaking to behold. Maazel ultimately fails in this regard. For as attractively as he shapes so much of the Eighth, he's spent by the time we arrive at the music's most important passages. He's brought the Berlin Philharmonic to its limits so many times already, he's unable to convey anything more profound in the symphony's key passages towards the end. My first choice for the Bruckner Eighth is Skrowaczeski's with the Saarbrücken orchestra, and I always listen to Haitink's account with the Vienna Philharmonic as well, whenever I spend a few days with this piece. Haitink's account (13/15) is excellent but flawed; Skrowaczeski's (14/15) is a masterpiece, hands down." Report Abuse
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