Bruckner's 2nd Symphony with Christoph Eschenbach & the Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Stream on April 6 at 8 pm

With the words "Bruckner is one of the greatest treasures I carry inside me," our principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach professed his love for this composer in an interview. He and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin would like to share something of this treasure with you on Maundy Thursday as an early Easter gift: We are streaming Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 in the revised 1877 version.

Even in the composers' guild, which consists of many idiosyncratic characters, Anton Bruckner still stands out as a doubting maverick who had his difficulties with humanity - and vice versa. "The reception of Bruckner is a history of misunderstandings, misinterpretations," summarizes one critic laconically.

This also applies to the 2nd Symphony. It was initially composed in 1871/72 and can certainly be heard as a testimony to the difficult phase of his life at that time. Again and again the music falls silent, which earned it the nickname "Pause Symphony". In addition, however, musical motifs and quotations reflect how Bruckner found comfort in faith during his deep crisis. Thus the symphony is a work that conveys the hopeful spirit of Easter - the resurrection of Jesus and thus the victory of life over death.

Streamed on 04/06/2023, 8:00 PM, available for 10 days.

Recording from 25.09.2021
Edition: Wiliam Carragan © Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag Vienna, represented by Alkor-Edition Kassel
Production: 3B Production

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