CD #1: Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 with Stadt- und Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (1944). Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 with Grosses Orchester des Reichsenders Breslau (1939). CD #2: Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in c minor with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig (1949). A coproduction with Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv. AAD. 61:06 & 78:11. UPC# 0-17685-10992-8.
This is one of the most distinguished and desirable issues dedicated to the art of Hermann Abendroth. It contains readings of the Beethoven Eighth and Brahms Second which have not been released before, and the magisterial 1949 Bruckner Eighth in a pitch-corrected version. These extraordinary performances are knowledgeably placed within their historical and musical contexts by Mark Kluge's notes, an object lesson in the genre….The recordings are amazingly clear for their respective ages."
-David Patmore, Classic Record Collector
"… Abendroth has the full measure of Bruckner's epic symphonic structures, patiently shaping the ebb and flow of the musical narrative so as to make the final climaxes of the slow movement and finale all the more powerful."
–BBC Music Magazine