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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, May 2015

This is a very fine performance… In the opening pages the lustrous strings and then, shortly afterwards, the majestic sound of the brass choir both give notice that the orchestra is on top form and so it proves as the performance unfolds. The tone of the orchestra is rich and burnished with the strings a particular glory. There’s great power in the climaxes and the musical lines are wonderfully sustained. This is a compelling performance with the orchestra demonstrating real commitment.

This is a magnificent Bruckner performance. Thielemann’s conception of Bruckner’s masterpiece is compelling and the Dresden orchestra plays the score superbly. The Blu-Ray sound is very good indeed and the sympathetic camera work does justice to the occasion. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, September 2014

This performance of Bruckner’s 8th Symphony…is magnificent and was justly met with that very rare phenomenon—a standing ovation from a European symphony audience.

Thielemann’s interpretation…[has] a rare sense of deliberateness and purpose. One way in which this reveals itself is in the balance within and across the four movements. Each of the first three movements is perfectly paced to set up its successor, and the tempo of the finale is exactly right to recapitulate its predecessors.

…musically this is most impressive and bodes well for the rest of the cycle. Thielemann is cementing his position as one of the leading contemporary Bruckner conductors. Highly recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

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