Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor - CD

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 8 in C minor, by Anton Bruckner (1824-96) on CD. Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 0 & 8

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 0 & 8


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 0 in D minor 'Nullte'

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


The Symphony No.8, together with his unfinished Ninth, has been described as the final stage in this life-long process of finding his one true form of artistic expression. It is a symphony, which is said to present nothing fundamentally new, being somewhat a work in which achievements from his earlier endeavours finally comes to fruition. Nowadays this

symphony is being regarded as one of the most important classical orchestral works from the late nineteenth century.

Reissued in combination with the seldom recorded 0th symphony, this makes a very attractive Bruckner set. A vivid recording from the eighties, now finally reissued on Newton Classics.

Newton Classics - 8802143

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.50

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven & Bruckner

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven & Bruckner


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


Digitally remastered in 2012, these great works are captured beautifully from the 1961 live performances with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch. A double CD, this release captures early 1960s performances of artists at the top of their game.

Recorded live in Vienna in 1961

Istituto Discografico Italiano - IDIS6652

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.00

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Super Audio CD

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Hybrid Stereo

EMI Signature SACD Collection - 9559842

(SACD - 2 discs)

$23.25

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 31

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 31


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

in its "third version" in the Robert Haas edition of 1939


Live Recording Semperoper Dresden September 2009.

"In this work Thielemann opened many a door and window, showing the astonished audience what beautiful things lie behind them that are beyond verbal description ... Perhaps the discovery and wonderful musical realization of these beauties is the real surprise in this great concert." (Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten)

"It was that single minute that decided everything. When the last notes of Bruckner's Eighth had died away at the end of Christian Thielemann's magnificent guest performance as conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle, a silence that enfolded hundreds lasted an endless minute before the applause broke out like a thunderstorm. In precisely that minute of silence for the beauty of music in the Semperoper on September 13, Thielemann probably made his decision to come to Dresden as principal conductor". (Die Zeit)

“Thielemann favours a monumental approach to Bruckner...The sublime slow movement is quite glorious...Any lover of this great work will want to add this issue to their collection.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

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Profil Medien Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - PH10031

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

(Nowak edition, 1890)


Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 8 overflows with lavish themes and rich sonorities, representing the composer at his grandest, whilst the Symphony’s occasional title ‘Apocalyptic’ alludes to an underlying tone of solemnity.

This strong and idiomatic reading comes from a live-to-air BBC recording dating from October 1981. This is very early days in the Orchestra’s long association with Tennstedt. In true Tennstedt fashion, the sheer beauty of the sound and opulence of the textures are awe-inspiring in this triumphant interpretation. Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 29 October 1981

“Tennstedt's performance… is high on adrenalin from the very first minute and remains so for the next 73. …it is impossible to fault Tennstedt on the cogency and long-term reach of the reading.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

“Tennstedt is one of the few great conductors of the day … the stark power of the performance is almost overwhelming” Financial Times

“Tennstedt's performance of Bruckner's mighty Eighth Symphony is high on adrenalin from the very first minute and remains so for the next 73.
There were times during the performance when, had the law of physics permitted it, the speakers would have glowed white. Not all Brucknerians will approve of so unremittingly intense a performance – the Scherzo, for example, treated as a rip-roaring festive joust – though it is impossible to fault Tennstedt on the cogency and long-term reach of the reading. When it comes to seeing the symphony whole, hewn as it were from a single block of marble, he is up there with the best: Barbirolli, Furtwängler, Karajan, Klemperer. The players, the brass in particular, are also high on adrenalin. Given the dry, bright, somewhat unaccommodating Festival Hall acoustic, this doesn't always make for easy listening. The audience greets the performance with its own ecstatic yawp. But, then, they heard the real thing, not this all too brazen aural précis.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

LPO - LPO0032

(CD)

$12.25

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor


“Recorded the year before he died, this might stand as a spiritual testament to Karajan's relationship with this work.” James Jolly, Gramophone Magazine

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DG Rosette Collection - 4761654

(Presto CD - 2 discs)

$22.25

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

(Ed. Haas)


DG - E4596782

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor


As with his Seventh symphony, Bruckner began his Eighth without a commission and without any specific promise that it would be performed. Nowadays, it's one of his most often performed symphonies. It also happens to be his longest symphony - one, with its sheer breath of scope, asks for the listener to adjust his or her internal clock. And this performance is nothing short of epic. Recorded in the legendary 'Decca' venue of the Sofiensaal, the producer/engineer team were the equally legendary John Culshaw and John Parry.

“Splendidly recorded in the Sofiensaal in 1966 ... the Vienna Philharmonic responds to [Solti's] direction with great fervour and incisiveness” Penguin Guide

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4429235

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$11.00

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor


Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Mario Venzago

This is the final volume in the series of Bruckner’s symphonies conducted by the magnificent Mario Venzago.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

CPO Mario Venzago Bruckner Symphonies - 7776912

(CD)

$16.50

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor


The music of Anton Bruckner has always been a favourite of conductor Zubin Mehta. This live performance of the much-loved Symphony No.8, from the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, December 2013, in the Nowak edition finds both conductor and orchestra on top form.

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Helicon - HEL029674

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$19.25

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