Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner’s most uncompromising symphony with the historic German orchestra that gave the work its premiere 136 years ago.
On 30 December 1884, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra gave the first performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No.7. The symphony contained a tune that Bruckner claimed he had heard in a dream, sung to him by another composer with the words ‘this will make your fortune.’
With a bit of poetic license, we can say that Bruckner’s dream came true. This was the symphony that at last brought the composer true international success.
Its confident, exalted music shows why. This is the composer’s most agile and fiercely argued symphony.
Its slow movement includes a heartfelt eulogy for Richard Wagner. Wagner is known for harbouring feelings on a huge scale, but the songs of his Wesendonck Lieder are the very opposite – intimate expressions of affection from a man in love.
The Leipzig Gewandhaus is one of the wonders of the musical world, an orchestra of phenomenal power and distinctive sound that occupies a special place in German and world music history.
For the first of two concerts, we welcome the orchestra that, under the leadership of Andris Nelsons, is once more staking its claim as one of the finest Bruckner ensembles around.
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