Tuesday 18 August 2020, BBC Radio 3 @ 3.35 p.m.

Recorded at Royal Albert Hall on 09 September 1995

A concert too early for a Classical Source review, so here are some fresh words from yours truly on what was Günter Wand’s final BBCSO Prom. Wand (1912-2002) was a notable interpreter of Bruckner’s Symphonies, and this No.8 (in its 1890 revision, as edited by Robert Haas) was as expectant, eloquent, serene, resolute (ebbing and flowing naturally integrated) and visionary as anything I heard him conduct by this composer, painstakingly prepared and responded to with fidelity, not least from the brass players – striding in the Scherzo, intensely devotional in the Adagio (using of course Haas’s longer publication, whereas Leopold Nowak accepted a damaging/jarring cut), and with the Symphony’s ultimate coda being a Stairway to Heaven.