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Disc: 1
1. I. Allegro Moderato
2. II. Scherzo. Allegro Moderato - Trio. Langsam
3. III. Adagio. Feierlich Langsam; Doch Nicht Schleppend
Disc: 2
1. IV. Finale Feierlich, Nicht Schnell
2. I. Allegro Con Brio
3. II. Adagio
4. III. Allegretto Grazioso - Molto Vivace
5. IV. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
6. Overture

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: BBC Legends
  • ASIN: B0002XL2A2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ekrem Ayyildiz on September 23, 2005
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Celibidache once described that ''Bruckner's Eight Symphony is the zenith of symphonic writing''... And Giulini once realized one of the greatest Eights ever recorded and performed (with Wiener Philharmoniker, in 1984, on Deutsche Grammophon-Masters, Studio recording, DDD - See my Bruckner list)... This live recording(ADD-stereo) was made with Philharmonia in Royal Festival Hall in 1983; now on BBC-Legends. As recorded sound, ofcourse this is not in 'high' quality when I compare with his studio recording. However this performance is also great and good recorded. If you have Giulini's studio version (now,out-of-print) and if you loved it, you'll love this too. If you have not,you must buy this one: Same class orchestra, same class interpretation and same Giulini !... Magnificient, intense, emotional, rightly structured, honestly conducted and relatively slow...You will need to cry...Highly recommended...Trust me...
My favorite & 'great' Eights : Knappertsbusch (1963-MP, on DG-Westminster), Giulini (1984-WP on DG; 1983-PO live,on BBC), and Karajan (1957-BP, on EMI and 1975-BP & 1988-WP, on DG).
In my opinion, other very good & important recordings: Jochum (1976-SD, on EMI), Bohm (1976-WP,on DG), Wand (1979-Köln, on BMG/RCA), Celibidache (1993-MP live,on EMI), and Maazel (1990-BP,on EMI).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
BBC Legends has done a lot to enhance the reputation of quite a few undervalued conductors who were at their best in concert (Tennstedt, Horenstein, and Barbirolli come to mind), but they have also amplified some already great reputations. This Bruckner 8th from 1983 is a case in point. Giulini made a specialty of Bruckner, and his grave, heartfelt studio Eighth with the Vienna Phil. on DG earned raves when it appeared in 1984.

At 88 min. it was one of the slowest versions on disc, fully 10 min. longer than Boulez, also with the VPO on DG. This live version takes 86 min., not a big difference, but it feels as if it's less on the verge of stopping. In addition, the Philharmonia, which was more Giulini's own orchestra than Vienna ever was, plays for him with obvious feeling, adding a special tenderness that helps to keep the long, slow lines involving for the listener. A good example is the Scherzo, taken broadly and without rhythmic snap but fully alive thanks to the mystery generated in the soft string passages. As to sound, this is good FM-stereo without distortion, comparable to an average studio recording. In sum, a great performance unless you demand more overt speed and drama, in which case the Boulez offers many rewards.

CD 2 continues with the Dvorak 8th Sym., another specialty of Giulini's that he recorded to acclaim for EMI. When BBC Legends duplicates repertoire like this, there has to be a good reason. I'm not sure the balance tilts their way here. The reading as such is wonderful, in the elegant, uplifting manner that Giulini always favored with Dvorak. But on a bargain EMI Gemini two-fer you can get his studio 8th with the same orchestra from the same era (1962 versus 1963 for the live reading) in better sound.
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