Bruckner Symphony No. 8

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Despite the big differences between them, there is a certain kinship between Bruckner’s ‘official’ nine symphonies (the ones he decided to call ‘valid’): the broadly expansive themes with their lengthy build-up of tension and the expectant tremolo of the strings (first introduced by Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony) at the beginning, from which the main theme wells up. Bruckner often gives the singsong, sometimes distinctly lyrical second theme a contrapuntal second voice. The third theme, on the other hand, is often monolithic, full of clenched energy, that bursts out in unison and goes on to develop a huge rhythmic force. Then there are the long drawn-out Adagios with their heavenly cantilenas and the starkly contrasting, waggish Scherzos, almost smelling of earth. They are all just as characteristic of Bruckner’s compositions as the broadness of the codas in the outer movements, introduced by a soft roll of the timpanis. But despite the similarities, all his symphonies are fundamentally and completely different and are certainly not interchangeable. This can be said of each of the movements separately and of the entire work.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony no. 8 in c minor - Allegro moderato
16:02
2.
Symphony no. 8 in c minor - Scherzo
14:36
3.
Symphony no. 8 in c minor - Adagio
27:52
4.
Symphony no. 8 in c minor - Finale
20:54

Total time: 01:19:24

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72549

Qualities

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Cables

Siltech Mono Crystal

Digital Converters

dCS

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Microphones

Sonodore

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

MCO5 Hilversum Holland

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date June 28, 2014

Press reviews

Trouw

Wat een prachtige opbouw van de climaxen en wat een goede balans tussen de vier delen.

International Record Review

The recording quality of this issue is quite magnificent. This performance will be presented in an intelligent, sympathetic and profoundly musical manner. This is a very important recording from an increasingliy important conductor, fully deserving of the accolade ‘Outstanding’.

Luister

Ik kan dan ook niet anders dan het hoogste lof toekennen aan deze meesterlijke uitvoering die van grote visie getuigt. Dit is met afstand de beste Bruckner 8 van de laatste tijd.

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