5th Symphony Concert 2015/16 //
conductor: Oleg Caetani
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 8 c-minor WAB 108
Anton Bruckner is famous today mostly for his nine symphonies, although during his lifetime, these were the source of a heated dispute between the New German and Conservative camps. Though he was a great admirer of Wagner, his own symphonies adhered to the concept of absolute music. He played a key role in advancing its development, which was largely due to his experience as an organist. Bruckner worked for three years on the first draft of his eighth symphony. After presenting it to the conductor Hermann Levi and receiving a devastating reaction, Bruckner completely reworked it. Later, he added brief explanatory words to the score, like »Death clock« at the coda of the first movement, »The German Michel dreams into the countryside« at the scherzo and »Meeting of the Three Emperors« in the final movement. This 80-minute symphony is Bruckner’s most monumental work and the first symphony of this magnitude.