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Knappertsbusch conducts Bruckner: Symphonies no 8 & 9 / Vienna PO (1961); Berlin PO (1950)

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> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1892 version) - II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1892 version) - III. Adagio: Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1892 version) - IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell
> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1892 version) - I. Allegro moderato

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Hans Knappertsbusch has always aroused controversy over his Bruckner performances due to his perceived lassitude of tempo and allegiance to first-published editions. Tempo flexibility, dynamic contouring, and rhetorical gesture are part and parcel of Bruckner's music as promulgated in those editions. This historic recording of Knappertsbusch directing the Vienna Philharmonic displays just that approach to Brucknerian rubato in the Eighth and Ninth Symphonies. A jewel in history, waiting to be discovered.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Knappertsbusch is an unpredictable musician; on a good day, he's incomparable; but he can be decidedly less than that. This golden, unhurried, Viennese, autumnal Ninth is one of his finest efforts. It's a little slower and more reflective than Walter's, and the VPO is brighter and more transparent than the Philadelphia. Once again a split decision, but I suspect Kna and the VPO are worth the entire cost.



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Works Details

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 01/29/1950-01/30/1950
  • Running Time: 57 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887-1896

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884-90.
  • Running Time: 81 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1890