Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 in C Minor is the last Symphony the composer completed. When Bruckner sent it in 1897 to Hermann Levi, the conductor who had lead his Seventh to great success, he did not understand this very different work at all and utterly rejected it, almost driving Bruckner to suicide. But instead he set to work thoroughly revising the symphony and completed a new version in 1890.
Habakuk Traber explains this masterpieces by introducing Bruckner's personality and his unique style of composing.End Credits Directed by Anna Schmidt Written by Martin Feil Edited by Richard Krause Camera Michael Boomers Boris Fromageot Fabian Welther Camera Assistant Viktor Perdula Sound Jan Wichers Sound mix Georg Obermayer Postproduction Manager Claudia Groh Production Assistant Sebastian Stoppe Narrators Ian Dickinson Dulcie Smart Tom Strauss Development Frank Gerdes Production Manager Oliver Rieger Produced by Günter Atteln & Paul Smaczny With excerpts from Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 Wiener Philharmoniker Conducted by Pierre Boulez Recorded live at the Stiftskirche St. Florian, 1996 Directed for TV by Brian Large Photographs courtesy of Chorherrenstift St. Florian Anton Bruckner Geburtshaus Ansfelden Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Anton Bruckner Centrum Ansfelden Special Thanks to Gertrud Rigolet – Anton Bruckner Geburtshaus Ansfelden Habakuk Traber
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