Monumental in every sense, Bruckner’s last completed symphony receives an unforgettable performance in the hands of acclaimed German conductor Christian Thielemann and the legendary Wiener Philharmoniker, the same orchestra that gave the masterpiece its first performance over a hundred years ago!
By its premiere on December 18th, 1892, Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 had been in the works for nearly a decade, with the Austrian composer aspiring to create the greatest instrumental symphony of all time, taking listeners on a journey through moments of true despair, sublime terror and utter darkness to arrive in the “blazing calm” of a revolutionary final movement. The first performance was an enormous success that testifies to its composer's incredible accomplishment: as Hugo Wolf put it, “It was an absolute victory of light over darkness, and the storm of delighted applause was like some elemental manifestation of nature. In short, it was a triumph as complete as any Roman emperor could have wished for.”
Photo: Christian Thielemann
Moving to Modern Times (I/II) – Lucerne Festival 2011