Review: Bruckner Symphony No 8

»What we do get, however, is a wonderfully articulate presentation of the score in terms of phrasing, transparency and tone colour.«

»Unlike the same performers’ recording of the Sixth Symphony (11/21), where similar qualities were apparent in an interpretation that was otherwise slightly reserved, the performance of the Eighth has a sense of power and depth that makes itself felt from the very start. Tempos are on the swift side compared with the majority of recordings made in recent decades, but never feel rushed. The Scherzo is thrilling at Poschner’s chosen tempo and the build-up to the climax of the Adagio is superbly controlled. The second cymbal clash makes a tremendous impression and the playing of the divided strings immediately afterwards is deeply eloquent.«

»Indeed, the orchestral playing is of the highest order throughout, on a level with that of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for Mariss Jansons in his marvellously cogent recording on BR Klassik.«

»[…] Coupled with sound of surpassing transparency and range, this is an extremely distinguished release.«

Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, Issue 01/2022