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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Overtures By Mendelssohn, Wagner & Weber Original recording remastered


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1996 - Remaster): I. Allegro moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan17:05Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1996 - Remaster): II. Scherzo (Allegro moderato) & Trio (Langsam)Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan16:04Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1996 - Remaster): III. Adagio (Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend)Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan27:35Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1996 - Remaster): IV. Finale (Feierlich, nicht schnell)Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan26:27Album Only
listen  2. Der Freischütz (2005 - Remaster): OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan10:37Album Only
listen  3. The Hebrides Overture, Op.26 'Fingal's Cave' (2005 - Remaster)Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan10:20Album Only
listen  4. Der Fliegende Holländer (2005 - Remaster): OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan11:03Album Only
listen  5. Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, '(The) Merry Wives of Windsor' (2005 - Remaster): OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 9:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: H. Karajan
  • Composer: Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Weber
  • Audio CD (August 16, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0009NDKXW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Some fans claim it to be the greatest Bruckner 8th on record!
dv_forever
Karajan's handling of the episodic finale is patient and without bombast, knitting the segments together better than the composer himself could.
Santa Fe Listener
If you are going to have only one performance of this symphony, I think that the 1957 Berlin Philharmonic EMI recording is the one.
Eric Zuesse

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dv_forever on January 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Many critics and listeners fawn over Karajan's final Bruckner 8th with the Vienna Philharmonic. Some fans claim it to be the greatest Bruckner 8th on record! There are many dissenters of course who hate Karajan with a passion and completely dismiss that famous record as a showcase of a Teutonic egomaniac who plows through a majestic, spiritual symphony without the necessary insight to reveal it's mystical qualities. The dissenters point to Furtwangler, Guilini and the really die-hard will have no conductor other than cult favorite Sergiu Celibidache.

What about my thoughts? Having listened to that Karajan Bruckner 8th several times over the years, I simply haven't fallen in love with it. The sound quality is not the finest digital around, the acoustic can be a bit harsh and that interpretation itself can be rather blatant. Too emphatic while smearing out some of the spiritual elements. Karajan was old and getting closer to death but strangely what should have been a valedictory revelation... for me, it simply was not.

But being a fan of Karajan, I wanted to hear his earlier versions. The DG account from the famous 1970s cycle I haven't heard. Perhaps when DG finds it in their corporate hearts to remaster it, I'll give it a listen. So for me it was an easy choice to venture forth towards this EMI recording from the late 1950s and I'm glad I did. Rest assured that the sound is stereo and well done stereo at that. Warm, spacious and with the necessary ambience to capture such a colossal symphonic journey.

The forced blatancy that I heard in the DG Vienna performance is missing and instead we get a natural sweep, an arc that few conductors can pull off in music as expansive as this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on October 17, 2007
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On the question of Bruckner 8ths:

This is Karajan's first (studio recorded) outing with the 8th, and it is spectacular:

Karajan/BPO, 1958:

I. Allegro moderato [17'05"]
II. Scherzo & Trio [16'04"]
III. Adagio [27'31"]
IV. Finale [26'17"]

True Brucknerians will know...

Also reissued w/different cover and additional material: Bruckner: Symphonie No. 8; Wagner: Lohengrin & Parsifal Preludes .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Cook on September 16, 2008
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The late Herbert von Karajan had a special affinity for Bruckner's most important symphony, the 8th. He made 3 recordings, if I've tallied them correctly. One of the reviewers on this page for this recording offered this description of von Karajan's earliest recording of the 8th: "mystical". That's a word I would attribute to Furtwangler. Both recordings have much to commend for themselves. Von Karajan's is more rhythmically paced, but is somewhat ethereal in the famous Adagio (third movement). The other pieces by Wagner, Mendelssohn and Nicolai are beautifully played as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In 1957, if Karajan had recorded this Bruckner Eighth with RCA, it would have been preserved in gorgeous Living Stereo. Unfortunately, EMI gave him limited, boxy sonics that severely cramp the breadth of Bruckner's monumental sound world. The new remastering in the "Karajan Collection" may be a notch better than the one heard in "the Karajan Edition," but the differences aren't major.

Despsite the muffled climaxes and narrow soundstage, this is a great reading, like the bettr known ones on DG, the first contained in the box set of complete symphonies, the second a valedictory performance with the Vienna Phil. from 1988, a year before Karajan died. Acclaimed as that recording is, this one is more sensitive and deeply felt. Karajan's handling of the episodic finale is patient and without bombast, knitting the segments together better than the composer himself could.

The fillers from the Seventies are in much better sound, although it's a little jarring to move from Bruckner to the lightness of Mendelssohn. In all, this reissue rivals Furtwangler's famous wartime reading of the Bruckner Eighth from Vienna and reinforces Karajan's claim to be the foremost conductor of a generation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Zuesse on December 29, 2012
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I have waited a long time to review this, because there are so many other Karajan Bruckner 8ths, and because (surprisingly) the Skrowaczewski Bruckner 8th is actually also a serious contender. One of Matacic's is, too; more on that at the end here. The only conductor of major stature who recorded this work but whose recording of it I've never heard is Bernhard Gueller, so I can't include him in my comparisons here. But I wouldn't recommend any of the other conductors who have recorded this work.

This performance was recorded in late 1957, before Karajan had had enough time as the orchestra's conductor to change its sound from what it had previously been (the rich and resonant distinctively German sound that went back as far as Artur Nikisch if not earlier to the pre-phonograph days) to the new hard and shiny sound that Karajan sought from every orchestra he conducted. For example, compare the opening of the 3rd movement in this recording, versus the same passage with the same orchestra that he recorded for DGG in 1975 (and which is in the complete DGG Karajan/Bruckner symphonies set). In the present performance, everything is very soft and calm, in a mystically otherworldly way, and the listener feels about to enter a spiritual journey to the outer reaches of the universe (an expectation that is fulfilled); by contrast, in the 1975 performance, with the same orchestra, the pulsing in the lower strings clearly dominates and sounds like a heartbeat, and the listener is immediately physically involved with worldly and bodily things, and is feeling more like a coiled runner before the gun goes off at the start of a race.
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