Bruckner's Symphony No. 2
Late romantic music with Christoph Eschenbach.
Wednesday 30 January 2019 19.00Ends approximately 20.55
Anton Bruckner’s voluminous and sonically grandiose symphonies never cease to amaze. The balance between the overarching musical architecture and the smaller details is always exquisitely even. Nevertheless, Bruckner himself was always uncertain. His second symphony underwent numerous revisions before he felt it had found its final form.
With something approaching cult status, conductor Christoph Eschenbach takes on the symphony. Eschenbach has previously served as chief conductor for a host of the world’s foremost orchestras and was recently appointed chief conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin starting in 2019.
It is particularly interesting to hear and see him lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Franz Schreker. Although Schreker was Austrian, he was primarily active in Berlin, both as a composer and as a respected composition professor. When the Nazis overtook cultural life, his music was forbidden and he was forced out of his position at the music university. Now we will get to experience his beautifully shimmering and harmonically shifting Chamber Symphony from 1916. Music that glimmers with passion and warmth.
The musicApproximate times
Franz Schreker Chamber Symphony25 min
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 253 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Christoph Eschenbach Conductor