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Hey all,

I have just recently "discovered" the amazing music of Anton Bruckner, and after much searching for a good 9th, ended up choosing the Barenboim, BSO version on Teldec...and have been very happy with it. Now, am looking for a good 8th...and due to the high quality of the Barenboim 9th, am leaning toward the 8th in that same series...any other recommendations...sound clips on Amazon only go so far!

Thanks!

Scott
 

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I've got yet to discover the 8th and 9th, but whenever you proceed further to Symphony no. 7 by Kurt Masur and New York Philharmonic is a decent choice.

To some extent his music reminds me of music by papa Brahms. May it be that both composers are still too unknown for me? ;)
 

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Bruckner 8th

I've got a more obscure conductor on RCA Red Seal. I do think that it's worth the detour. It's a live recording (2001) with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Gunter Wand.

Wand is very into Bruckner and this may be the definitive recording.

You can't go wrong either with Wand or with the Berliner Philharmonic.

Out of 10, this recording gets a "10". no lest.
 

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I have Haitink doing all ten of the symphonies. I really enjoy them, Bruckner is up there on my favorite composers. Symphony No. 0, 1, 4,8,9 are my top 5 favorite, but the other 5 are great also.
 

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I've also listened to a recording of the SLSO and the late Hans Vonk doing Bruckner's 7th. It's a very emotional performance, with good sense of phrasing and dynamics. A long symphony, no doubt, but engaging all the way.
 
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The best Bruckner 9th that I have heard is
Columbia S O under Bruno Walter, it is electric.

For the 8th I would go with BPO Karajan, and as a bonus you get Wagners “Siegfried Idyll”

They are both ADD CDs but sound great
 

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My mistake, it is acutally the Bruckner 4 in the Decca Legends series. I wound up buying it yesterday with that gift certificate that I needed to use.
I listened to it once last night. The first impression it left on me was very good. But as with all of Bruckner's "mature" symphonies it takes a few listens to fully digest.
 

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The best Bruckner 8th I have heard is the final Karajan version from the late 80s with the Vienna Philharmonic. The best 9th, I would agree, is Bruno Walter with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
 
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