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James H North
Fanfare, November 2018

What a magnificent orchestra the Bavarian Radio Symphony has become! The brass gleam, the strings are pure and clean. Above all, the first oboe is gorgeous; this the way I’ve always thought an oboe should sound: warm, colorful, blooming (no pun intended). © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2018

The woodwinds of the Bavarian Radio Symphony are of high solo caliber, which comes out in their fresh individual phrasing.

Jansons keeps a steady pace but allows himself a slow-down when the Adagio swells into its ultimate grandeur. Moreover, the grandeur could hardly be more gloriously executed than it is here. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, September 2018

…Jansons creates the requisite tension right from the opening bars of the first movement and sustains it throughout through his judicious, indeed masterly, grading of dynamics and a consistent sense of drive and purpose. Hence the ritenuto he applies at the great climax half way through the movement makes a greater impact in contrast to the generally propulsive momentum.

The Finale, however, blazes with energy, surging and driving forward massively, its attack and impact enormously enhanced by the sonority of the Wagner tubas.

The enthusiastic applause and cries of “Bravo!” reflect my own response to this splendid recording… © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

BBC Music Magazine, September 2018

No lover of this symphony will be content with less than half a dozen recordings, and this should undoubtedly be among them © 2018 BBC Music Magazine

Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, September 2018

Jansons’s performance is a notable achievement. Even taking into consideration the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s long history of Bruckner interpretation, the quality of the playing is exceptional. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the symphony’s instrumental detail presented with such careful attention to colour, phrasing and balance. The close of the Adagio in particular is exquisite, the playing of the first violins over a cushion of horns and Wagner tubas achingly tender and expressive. There’s more to a performance than refined playing, however, and Jansons’s interpretation also impresses with its command of symphonic structure, traversing the work’s complex and varied musical terrain with commitment and authority. The final build-up of tension in the coda of the finale is especially well managed. © 2018 Gramophone, July 2018

Jansons pulls listeners into the music from the very first notes and never flags in keeping them involved, so that even when the work’s last phrase resounds, there is complete silence for a few moments before the applause begins.

At its best, when best performed, that is the effect of Bruckner’s music, and Jansons certainly brings the monumentality and intensity of Bruckner’s Eighth glowingly to life in this reading. © 2018 Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, May 2018

Entirely compelling, the Finale generates a potent energy with Jansons providing judicious pacing and convincingly moulding the mighty and surging extended climaxes, which rise to epic summits, and ultimate transfiguration. The impact of the Bavarian brass lingers long in the memory, including the Wagner tubas, crisp, glowing and unified, which certainly add to the sense of occasion. Remarkable too is the bright and attractive sheen of the strings including harps, and the distinction of the woodwind chorus…

Any list of recommendable recordings now faces serious competition from this remarkably convincing reading from Mariss Jansons and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks on BR-Klassik. © 2018 MusicWeb International  Read complete review

Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, April 2018

In this majestic but deeply human performance, recorded live in November 2017 at Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig, Mariss Jansons and his Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks make a strong case for putting this work close to the top of all 19th Century symphonies. © 2018 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review

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