In 2017, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin performed a complete cycle of Anton Bruckner's symphonies. They began this grand cycle with his First Symphony at the Philharmonie de Paris.
An organist by trade who came to composition relatively late in life, Bruckner was already in his 40s by the time he wrote his First Symphony. Bruckner's First Symphony bears all the hallmarks of the composer's style—drama, beauty, depth—yet following its 1868 premiere, it was quite literally shelved for 20 years until Maestro Hans Richter presented it in a much-revised version in Vienna in 1891.
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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