Notes & Reviews:
Music Director Fabio Luisi of the Philharmonia Zürich calls Anton Bruckner a "builder with musical means" and compares his monumental eighth symphony with a "huge cathedral". The finished original version of the symphony in 1887 was not understood in its boldness by Bruckner's contemporaries, therefore the criticism of his friends determined him to revise the piece. However, Fabio Luisi is persuaded by the perfection of the original version which he recorded in the studio with the Philharmonia Zürich and thinks that the musical forces of this symphony are especially expressed in this version. In the opera orchestra Philharmonia Zürich, Luisi sees an ideal ensemble for Bruckner's symphonies: only an opera orchestra has the required sufficient experiences with Richard Wagner's compositions of which Bruckner's world of sounds is strongly influenced by.
Gramophone Magazine, November 2016
Luisi's interpretation is marked by scrupulous observance of dynamics, a finely balanced orchestral palate and rock-steady tempi... idiomatic and cultivated playing. With clear and spacious sound, the result is at least as fine as any other recording of the 1887 score currently available.
Recording information: Kultur Casino Bern (10/2015).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
- Conductor: Fabio Luisi
- Ensemble: Philharmonia Zurich
- Notes: Composition written: 1884-90.
- Running Time: 91 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1884-1890