20 May 2014

An enlivening path to retread (15) -- Herbert Kegel and his intense Bruckner 8

This Bruckner 8 (Arioso CD ARI110) is special, in that it is characterised by visceral rawness, in the brass and even more so in the tympani which seems trying to break open the sky.

Intensity, tension, Eastern European timbre, intoxicating passion are all key features to this recording.

It is Bruckner on another dimension.

Hail to Kegel the Brucknerian.

The recording year (1970) as shown on the cover is doubtful; some have considered this studio recording to be contemporaneous to his live recording (on ODE) in 1975.