There are four recordings of this symphony by Furtwängler. I was lucky that the first time I heard this symphony was in the EMI LP of the March 14, 1949 performance. I have never had such an impact from my first exposure to a work. Both that performance, and this one from 1944 are necessary in any Bruckner collection. One must have both. The sound is good, although there is a change of equalization from the middle of the 2nd movement to the end of the Adagio. During this period, bass drops off considerably. I have not heard this addressed in any of the versions that I have of this recording. Of course, it is corrected here, as much as it could be corrected, striving to keep the same sound as the rest of the symphony.
|Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C Minor|
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - 1944
From Henry Fogel's review of this transfer: "I do find Chibas' firmer focus, and stronger timpani, bass, and cello presence, along with the somewhat wider dynamic range, to be the preferred version"