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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Janowski

> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak) - I. Allegro moderato
> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak) - II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak) - III. Adagio
> Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak) - IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
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Notes & Reviews:

"There are things in this performance, wonderful things, that you won't hear anywhere else. Marek Janowski's previous Bruckner recordings with this orchestra for PentaTone have been fair-to-good at best. This one is different. Its special touches include the most ferocious attack on the opening of the finale yet recorded; a scherzo that gives remarkable prominence to the woodwinds at the climax of each section without artificially dampening the brass; and best of all, a surge of ecstasy in the form of an effortlessly natural accelerando into those serene harp and string chorales in the Adagio. It's beyond thrilling.

Indeed, Janowski's control of tempo throughout this performance is remarkable; the coda of the finale, beginning very slowly then exploding in a blaze of light, offers another example. The tempo in the first movement is swifter than usual, but not rushed, and very exciting. In the finale Janowski's mastery of transition prevents the recapitulation in Nowak's edition from sounding merely like the "exposition's greatest hits". Exemplary ensemble balances make every strand in the texture audible, while the engineering couldn't be more natural. This is without question one of the great performances."-classicstoday.com

"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." -International Record Review

"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." -Gramophone Magazine

International Record Review
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.

Gramophone Magazine
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (04/2010-07/2010).



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>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884-90.
  • Running Time: 79 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1890