Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Venzago seems to have a wide-ranging imagination. The orchestral playing is fine and the sound is great. With performances of this work by Karajan, Kubelik, Wand, Haitink, Furtwangler, and a host of other giants in the catalog.
Eight symphonies by Anton Bruckner in sensational interpretations by the Swiss conductor Mario Venzago are now on the market, and it has already become quite evident that here new standards are being set. As Christoph Jetzschke wrote in klassik-heute.com, "A Bruckner edition bringing unheard-of and previously unheard things to light". Nobody can afford to neglect this way of viewing Bruckner. We now at last are continuing with the Eighth Symphony in the version of 1890, the only symphonic work from Bruckner's later years for which we have two different versions by the composer himself. Our booklet author Hartmut Becker writes: "A mystery", this is what Anton Bruckner himself called his eighth symphony. It is without the slightest doubt an exceptional work, even in the oeuvre of its composer. This fact is hardly founded on the mighty proportions of its architecture: here the fifth symphony is not inferior to it. It is instead the eighth symphony's genuinely opulent orchestral ensemble that makes it an exception, for here the otherwise so very conservative Bruckner actually calls for harps, even if possible, three such instruments, as he expressly indicates, and, to top things off, percussion instruments (cymbals and the triangle)! Until this time, no symphonic work without programmatic ties had contained these tone colors deriving from the opera orchestra. Once again, a detail like this renders apparent just how open Bruckner was to innovations of the New German school when they seemed to be appropriate to his expressive needs.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Konzerthaus Berlin (10/29/2011).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
- Conductor: Mario Venzago
- Ensemble: Konzerthausorchester Berlin
- Notes: Composition written: 1884-90.
- Running Time: 74 min. 44 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1884-1890
- Studio/Live: Live