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Jun 18

Bruckner's 7th at the Würzburg Cathedral

Würzburg, Dom
20:00 Uhr

Bruckner often had a hard time with his critics. An introvert and a loner, he usually spent his summer holidays at the Abbey of St. Florian near Linz, where he also began his seventh Symphony – and with it, his breakthrough finally came, at the late age of 61, it should be said! Hanslick, high priest of Vienna’s critics, waspishly referred to it as a »giant symphonic serpent«, but the Symphony was so successful that it was one of the few Bruckner never reworked. He dedicated it to King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Bruckner, master of the sweeping crescendo, is supposed to have dreamed the first movement’s main theme. A trumpet call in the Scherzo was inspired by a cockcrow. The emotional Adagio is funeral music of agonized beauty, for the »lately departed, dearly beloved, immortal« Wagner. It is also the first piece in which Bruckner called for the heroic-sounding Wagner tubas, although none were available for the world premiere in Leipzig in 1884 – but you can be sure they’ll be there at our concert!

Manfred Honeck Conductor

Olivier Messiaen »L'Ascension«, 4. Satz
Anton Bruckner Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur