A towering 9th and an idiosyncratic 6th. The playing of the Gewandhausorchester is unparalleled.
This seems to be a finale not just worthy of Bruckner’s last symphony but of his whole output, complete with the composer’s characteristic brass fanfares and the multi-layering of the different themes heard simultaneously.
Furtwangler, Jochum and Knappertsbusch knew how to mould these phrases and how to adjust tempo relations, making their performances unique. Jansons follows suit.
"Bruckner's Eighth Symphony is the zenith of symphonic writing." — Sergiu Celibidache Is this the best symphony ever written? Quite possibly: even if it is...