The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Recorded live at Severance Hall, Cleveland, August 2010
Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Bonus: pre-concert talk with Dee Perry, Franz Welser-Möst, and William Cosel
With its majestic themes soaring upwards like Gothic pillars and is brilliant chorales and fanfares glowing like stained-glass windows, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 is the most monumental of his orchestra works, a cathedral in sound that grow out of pianissimo murmurs. Coming after the triumphs celebrated by the composer’s Seventh Symphony and Te Deum, the Eighth was considered by Bruckner as the artistic climax of his career.