As part of their historic 2017 Bruckner cycle, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin perform the Austrian composer's Symphony No. 2 at the Philharmonie de Paris.
When Bruckner wrote his Second Symphony, he was living in Vienna, a cultural capital known for its conservativism and cutthroat musical scene. The proverbial small-town boy in the big city, trying to make friends and fit it, Bruckner set aside the boldness written into his Symphony No. 1 to create a less controversial but equally arresting symphony of otherworldly melodies and introverted contemplation. The Second Symphony's uncommon beauty struck the musicians who premiered it so deeply that they refused a fee to perform the premiere! Dubbed the Pausen-Symphonie ("Symphony of Pauses") by its critics, the work is Bruckner's first to use of rests to show form, a signature of his symphonic style.
Daniel Barenboim is the greatest living conductor of the beloved Austrian composer's works. He has already recorded no fewer than three complete Bruckner cycles: with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and most recently with the Staatskapelle Berlin, with whom he toured the Bruckner cycle in 2017.
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