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Bruckner;Anton 2000: Sym 8: Li [Import]

Barrie Gavin    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterful! Oct. 30 2007
By Jennifer Cutler - Published on Amazon.com
Gunter Wand was simply one of the greatest Bruckner conductors of our time. This is one of the last performances he lived to conduct. It is a rare treat to see such a master at the end of his career still displaying the technique, insight and musicality to create a truly definitive performance. The video is simply but elegantly executed and creates a document of historical significance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars distinguished Bruckner conducting Sept. 8 2009
By Ivor E. Zetler - Published on Amazon.com
Bruckner's Symphony No 8 is his finest and longest symphony. The haunting and spiritual adagio (lasting 29 minutes under Wand) is the crowning glory of the composition. Although I am a longtime admirer, Bruckner is not everyone's cup of tea. He requires patience and concentration over the long spans of music and the slow progression to massive climaxes.

Gunther Wand, a Bruckner specialist, conducted this performance in his late eighties. As seen on this DVD, he looks frail, old and gaunt. Amazingly, he stands throughout the concert and appears to have total control over his orchestra. Wand elects for a measured and steady tempo and delivers a very good if not great interpretation. The live concert is excellently filmed and the sound is good. I have watched it a number of times and continue to find the experience rewarding.

For an alternative DVD performance I suggest you explore Karajan on DG or Sony. The same conductor is also peerless on his many sound recordings; in my opinion the DG/Berlin version still reigns supreme.

P.S. I have heard of someone who had the Adagio played at his funeral. Many have still not forgiven him for this act of revenge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bruckner from the best Bruckner conductor. Jan. 9 2007
By Louis R. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Bruckner symphonies can be tough. And tougher to record and play. The Gunter Wand set is as good as it gets. The man was the last of the old school, and he is missed. It just doesn't get any better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Other recordings? Jan. 10 2010
By Prevost Alain - Published on Amazon.com
I have nothing to add to those comments already posted here... except for one thing. I was hoping to find the 1987 recording done at Lubeck Cathedral. I have it on CD (RCA) and it seems to me to be THE ultimate version directed by Wand. Does anybody out there know if it is available on DVD? There is a 1988 ZDF television recording of the 9th also recorded at Lubeck Cathedral (superb)... If somebody knows how to get a hand on these recordings, that information would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well played & the sound is excellent and very detailed June 22 2007
By King Lemuel - Published on Amazon.com
I have the Gunter Wand Bruckner DVDs Symphonies 4 to 9 (except #7 I have on a LP the Koln version).

The recorded sound from this series is very detailed and makes it easy to hear the solos by the oboes, clarinets, etc. The sound is especially clear when recorded in the concert hall vs. the cathedral. Bruckner's music goes from loud thundering heaven storming horn dominated climaxes to low, sometimes very hard to hear sections. These DVDs do a great job at capturing the lows so that the audio is very detailed, audible, and enjoyable. The playing and conducting is excellent. The horns are very important with Bruckner's symphonies and the better the horn section, usually the better the performance. The horn section in this orchestra is very good, though maybe a rung or two lower than Barenboim & the Chicago Symphony Bruckner cycle from 1973 to 1981.

Overall, this DVD series is a treat to both watch and hear and Wand is a true master with Bruckner's symphonies
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