As part of their historic 2017 Bruckner cycle, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin perform the Austrian composer's Symphony No. 3 at the Philharmonie de Paris.
A strong supporter of Wagner's music, Bruckner suffered greatly at the hands of Vienna's conservative musicians and music critics (who disliked Wagner and preferred Brahms), struggling to put together performances of his works and even endangering his position as professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatory. Dedicated to Wagner on the behest of the "Master" himself, Bruckner's Third Symphony's premiere became one of the greatest public disasters of his career. The conductor suddenly died six weeks before, leaving Bruckner, a poor conductor, to lead an orchestra of musicians who mostly disliked his music, with the audience leaving gradually over the course of the movements. Despite this more than rough beginning, it is now understood as opening "the sequence of Bruckner's masterpieces, in which his creativity meets monumental ability of symphonic construction," (as put by Rudolf Kloiber).
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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