Bruckner is widely recognised as one of the greatest of all symphonists, yet his groundbreaking music was slow to gain recognition. His is a hypnotic, spiritual art that refuses to be rushed. His structures unwind gradually with awesome precision, unleashing an all-engulfing emotional power unlike anything else in music. It all proved too much for the Vienna Philharmonic of the 1860s, which having already rejected his First Symphony as ‘too wild and daring’ dismissed the Second as ‘nonsense’ and ‘unplayable’!
Maestro Dausgaard will be conducting from the 1889 Baerenreiter edition of the score for this performance.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Wagner's birth, Sir Andrew Davis conducts excerpts from Wagner's Tannhäuser and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques