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A Fresh Anton Bruckner Tradition

22 JUL 2014

published in: Concert

Anton Bruckner drawn by Ferry Bératon, 1890
A glowing admirer of Wagner, Bruckner was counted among the progressive “New Germans”, which, however, did not stop him from adhering stubbornly to the genre of the symphony, which he shaped into a new musical type – one that has surprisingly little to do with Wagner. The development of themes from mysterious murmurings, complex contrapuntal cross-references, a hearty joy of music-making, sublime chorales and more – all that, cast into enormous augmenting waves, forms a monumental musical architecture full of wholehearted expressivity, sudden abysses, spiritual overtones and episodes of shocking modernism. 
The “First” will be performed in its Linz version by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna under Cornelius Meister. More than 20 years after completing the original version, Bruckner revised his First Symphony in C-Minor in many details. In Salzburg, however, the original version will be heard. The RSO juxtaposes the work, which was strongly influenced by Viennese Classicism, with two works by Marc-André Dalbavie (August 9, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Felsenreitschule).
With Bernard Haitink, one of the most accomplished Bruckner conductors makes an appearance. The maestro has recorded the complete Bruckner symphonies on CD, some of them several times. Together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra he will dedicate himself to the “masterwork of counterpoint,” as Bruckner himself called his Symphony No. 5 (July 29, 2014, 9:00 pm, Großes Festspielhaus).
On August 25, 2014 Christoph Eschenbach interprets the Symphony No. 7 with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Großes Festspielhaus at 9:00 pm – the work that brought Bruckner his long-awaited breakthrough as a composer.
The massive Symphony No. 9, which Bruckner left unfinished, gave a glimpse of the future of mankind when it was premiered in 1932. Christoph von Dohnányi and the Philharmonia Orchestra, whose Honorary Conductor for Life he is, will surely bring this last of the “symphonic boa constrictors” – as Johannes Brahms dismissively called Bruckner’s symphonies – into its most consummate form. (August 7, 2014, 8:00 pm, Großes Festspielhaus).  

Apart from Bruckner’s Third Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic dedicates itself to those four symphonies premiered by the orchestra itself in Vienna during the composer’s lifetime: the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Eighth Symphonies. Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan and Riccardo Muti take the podium to lead the Vienna Philharmonic.

Surely, a more beautiful homage to one of the most innovative composers of his time cannot be imagined! If you wish to lose yourself in Bruckner’s world by listening to wonderful concerts with fabulous artists, secure your tickets now!