Best Bruckner ever recorded

Like Bruckner's Eighth Symphony itself, Carlo Maria Giulini's digital recording of it with the Vienna Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon 415 124-2) does not unfold its mysteries easily. Only after repeated hearings did Giulini's reading of the first movement strike me as one of the greatest on record. I have never heard such anguish and unrelieved despair brought out in this music: The climactic chords positively shriek with pain. The profound mystery of the second movement Scherzo is deftly caught. The Adagio begins on an otherworldy plateau and looks neither backward or downward. And under Giulini's baton, the finale is an especially grandiose statement of affirmation.

Though not faultless, the Vienna Philharmonic plays with an almost frightening intensity throughout. And though Giulini uses the shortened Nowak edition of the score, his conviction that this is the only way the music could possibly be performed makes me believe in the version's validity. This could be the finest performance of a Bruckner symphony yet committed to recording.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK