William Steinberg didn't only use the Schalk edition but he also made cuts in the final movement (at least he does in Boston in 1962). The worst performance I know is by Koussevitsky - again with the Boston Symphony - who cuts the work down to just over 50 minutes - though I believe this might have been because it was being broadcast over the radio and they only had an hour time slot (something which the BBC have been known to do - it happened with a Zubin Mehta Bavarian RSO Bruckner 9 which was cut in the last movement).
The Klemperer cuts are, as you say, damaging. They amount in total to something close to 250 bars of music in two separate parts of the score - but given the timing he manages with the cuts (and bearing in mind his second movement is the most lugubrious on record) the mind boggles at what the length of this studio Bruckner 8th would have been uncut. I'll stick with the 1964 Philharmonia live one too.
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