Friday, January 25, 2013

My Favorite Bruckner Symphony No.8 - Wand Live in Tokyo 1990

I will share with you those my favorite Bruckner Symphony No.8 recordings in this week. Here is the first one:





Live in Tokyo Suntory Hall, Nov 3 1990
Released by Altus in Japan
Credits to rainxin163, thanks very much!



12 comments:

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  2. wow ! a picture full of Bruckner treasures !

    I can't wait to hear this Wand recording.

    I supposed you also have Asahina's recordings. For now, I'll take Asahina over Celi for Bruckner.

    Thank you.

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    1. I will post some Asahina's Brahms and Bruckner soon. ;)

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  3. Part of the reason to follow Asahina's cd is the sonic reason. The Japanese have a high sound standard in making recordings, yes, at a higher price too !

    Speaking of ALTUS, I remember 1 or 2 Celi's cd on ALTUS does not have a 1st rate sound.

    Jochum is always involving in Bruckner. In an earlier post here, the EMI Beethoven stuff, oh, so sleepy. Now I understand that they disappeared for a reason.

    I am not quite into Bruckner 8 yet. Do you like it brighter or darker interpretation ? To me it is a darker piece.

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  4. For your ears only, Here is the Asahina JVC cycle from around '80. Unfortunately, after I sold the CDs (Went for around $120), I had a storage mishap and most of the flacs were lost. So for most of them all I have are medium quality VBR MP3s. But it is a better listen than his later Canyon cycle, for sure, and far better than the Tokyo Symphony cycle. Perhaps there are others, but this sounds like good Asahina, overbearing timps and all.

    http://ul.to/rfa9ltws

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    1. Thanks your share very much, I don't listen his JVC cycle, and I will post his Canyon Brahms cycle soon. By the way, I prefer his Brahms to his Bruckner.

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    2. Did you get it? Right now it says "0 downloads."

      I probably have only a handful of favorite Asahina Bruckner performances even though I has so many of his recordings. My favorite among them all is his Canyon Brucker 5 from the last full Osaka cycle. The first movement has great snap to i, the scherzo wonderfully Schubertian, and the finale energetic and powerful.

      I suppose you know the Canyon Brahms cycle is the same performances as the DVDs that were available. I got rid of the CDs and DVDs long ago but will look forward to hearing them again to see if I still feel the same way about them.

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    3. I got it, and you know, ul.to always not show the right count. And I don't wanna you waiting too long so I will upload Canyon Brahms cycle today for you. :)

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  5. I was listening to Asahina's Brahms 2 (Canyon Classics) last week for the first time, and I think it is unbelievable.

    The whole orchestra sings from the 1st note to the last. I don't think any living conductor can conjure up this kind sound (on cd). So much detail and seamless tempo shift, yet at a relatively high speed. Celi's EMI Brahms is full of detail too, but at ONE (slow) speed.

    My Asahina favorite for now is his Bruckner 7 (his last recording, I think) on Fontec. I want to love his Bruckner 5 (Fontec) too, but not at this 7 level, unfortunately.

    Giulini's famed VPO 7/8/9, as seen, the 8th, in the picture. The 9th is almost universally agreed the greatest 9th recording, benefited with good sound. Celi's opinion is that the 7th is Bruckner's greatest composition, that's why he played it in his BPO reunion.

    BTW, have you people listen Celi Bruckner 4, which is included in the DVD set ? Sony claimed it is previously unpublished, another 'greatest 4th'. I haven't yet.

    We are spoiled with so many good music !

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    1. If you are talking about the Canyon Brahms 2, check out the DVDs and see if you feel the same glow is there.

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  6. I don't have the DVDs, but I supposed they are the same performance. are you aware of more than one Brahms sym set ?

    It is almost impossible to obtain Asahina cd in USA now. More than a decade ago, I think there was one distributor selling, now there is none.

    I have not heard his EXTON Bruckner discs yet. and I know EXTON is supposedly a high fidelity brand. yes, i think there are SACD editions as well....

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    1. I don't have his DVDs too, and I believe Asahina is the best Asian conductor in Beethoven/Brahms/Bruckner symphony. If Asahina signs a recording contract to Universal/EMI/Sony, I think it is much more easier to get his CD.

      Please enjoy his Canyon Brahms. :)

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