ABC Classic and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra are excited to announce the launch of WASO LIVE!, a new series of digital albums that will showcase the very best of our powerhouse ensemble’s live concerts, vividly recorded by the ABC Classic’s team of live music engineers.

The series will launch with Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8, conducted by WASO’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser Asher Fisch.

ABC Classics Label Manager Hugh Robertson is excited that WASO’s scintillating live performances are now going to be available for everyone in the world to hear at any time “Asher is one of the world’s finest conductors – almost unsurpassed in this repertoire – and the sound that he elicits from this orchestra is incredibly powerful.”

WASO LIVE! is an exciting new collaboration and we are delighted to partner with ABC Classic to capture WASO’s exceptional performances”, says Mark Coughlan, WASO’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am especially thrilled that the initial release showcases the outstanding artistic relationship that exists between Asher Fisch and his orchestra and the exhilarating music making that results.”


The WASO LIVE! series artwork will feature bright, bold and iconic images of the unique natural landscapes of WASO’s home, Western Australia.

Having celebrated its 90th year in 2018, WASO is already looking forward to its Centenary. ABC Classic and WASO LIVE! will be there to bring you the very best from one of Australia’s great orchestras.

Bruckner Symphony No.8 is available on Friday March 15 through and your favourite music streaming service.

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.