Jaap van Zweden, soon-to-be music director of the New York Philharmonic, was the guest of the Verbier Festival in 2014. He conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 with finesse and intensity.
Written more or less simultaneously with the Symphony No. 7, which was a triumph, the Symphony No. 8 represented for Bruckner the culmination of his œuvre. Even so, the work was widely disparaged, to the point that Bruckner thought of committing suicide. The score underwent numerous modifications before arriving in its definitive version.
A native of the Netherlands, Jaap van Zweden is one of the most acclaimed conductors of his generation. He became music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008, music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2012, and has been chosen as the new music director of the New York Philharmonic starting in the 2018-2019 season!
Lucerne Festival in Summer 2011
Concerto in C major, K503
Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1977