On December 30, 2009, precisely 125 years will have passed since Arthur Nikisch premiered Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony in Leipzig - a triumph for the sixty-year-old composer. After all that time, however, what seems to be the crucial riddle has still not been solved convincingly, in spite of the fact that all nine numbered symphonies and the two unnumbered ones have been accurately mapped and illuminated, and their various, sometimes astonishingly divergent "versions" compared by never-tiring scholars. We are confronted with a "perfect" version of the Ninth at more or less regular intervals, have access to the construction plans of the major instrumental and vocal works and marvel at an almost Faustian thirst for knowledge on the partRead more of the staunchest Brucknerians - and yet we are still unable to truly fathom the Anton Bruckner phenomenon.
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107by Anton Bruckner
Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 09/06/1979 Venue: Deutschlandfunk Köln