Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 8 (1890 Version, Ed Haas)

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruckner: Symphony No 8 (1890 Version, Ed Haas)

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Bruckner

Symphony No 8 (1890 version, ed Haas) WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne / Jukka-Pekka Saraste Profil (F) PH16061 (75' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Cologne, November 2-5,2010

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This recording of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, taped during a live concert in 2010, is distinguished by Jukka-Pekka Saraste's brisk, focused approach and the quality of the WDR Symphony Orchestra's playing. Saraste brings the symphony home in under 75 minutes compared to the 80-plus-minute performances more regularly heard. This is largely a result of the consistent onward pulse he maintains throughout the symphony rather than the adoption of any particularly fast tempos. Only at the beginning of the finale does Saraste's pacing seem unduly hasty, his tempo of minim=94 being somewhat at odds with the score's suggested minim=69 and marking of Feierlich, nicht schnell ('solemnly, not fast'). Overall, this is a performance that follows the direct and objective school of Bruckner interpretation exemplified by conductors such as van Beinum and Schuricht, as opposed to the more interventionist styles of Barenboim and Venzago or the more monumental approaches of Giulini and Wand. …

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