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This is the second version of this symphony. Bruckner took just over three years to complete this work and had never spent so long on a single work. His seventh symphony had been a huge success and he set to work with great intensity. The orchestra’s previous release of Bruckner Symphony No.5 was well received “This Orchestra has seldom sounded as good since its glory days…” Phil Muse
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1890 version)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell
“Janowski's conducting of the opening movement is impressive...steering a flexible course commandingly to a thrilling climax that finds the Suisse Romande Orchestra powerful but not coarse...At the close Janowski is rare among conductors in allowing the ticking clock to 'stop dead' (in other words there isn't even a hint of a ritardando) and this is exactly as it should be.”
“As an interpreter of Bruckner, Marek Janowski steers a straight centre course...and this Eighth is a good example of how well that approach can work...I don't think I've ever heard the finale bound in a more perfectly judged tempo, accelerating almost imperceptibly for the opening bars, then steadying so that brass make their full effect...I can't imagine anyone who isn't especially concerned with strongly personalised interpretation being disappointed.”
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