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    Listened to the SACD of Thielemann/SKD last night. The sonics were incredible, and the performance excellent. He brings out lots of the inner voices. One of the best B8's I have heard.

    The decision to split the discs after the adagio was not as attractive. Almost all others split it after the second movement.
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    No love for Boulez/VPO version around here? it is a wonderful performance in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdec View Post
    No love for Boulez/VPO version around here? it is a wonderful performance in my opinion.
    I agree that it is an excellent perfomance, and has the added charisma of being at St. Florian. But the SQ leaves much to be desired, and the interpretation is not as expansive as I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdec View Post
    No love for Boulez/VPO version around here? it is a wonderful performance in my opinion.

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    Enjoyable but it isn't muscular enough for me in the 8th. It makes me wish Boulez had recorded other Bruckner symphonies because I certainly don't feel that way about them all. Karajan (VPO and BPO) will always be tops for me I think, but the Giulini is great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdec View Post
    No love for Boulez/VPO version around here? it is a wonderful performance in my opinion.

    Bruckner
    Symphony No.8 in C minor (1887-1890 Versions, Ed. Haas)
    Cond. Pierre Boulez, WPO, DG (1996 Live recording at St. Florian)

    The resonance is a great advantage and works magic in the Allegro, but the tempi are imperfect and the brass and strings do not level for the composition.
    C

    Place in my top: 43rd

    Sorry, thanks for sharing.

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