Teatro Olimpico (photo: Paolo Monti, Vicenza 1966)

Musikfest Berlin

Staatskapelle Berlin

Daniel Barenboim conductor

Opening Concert

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Edition Robert Haas, 1939)

Eine Veranstaltung der Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin in Kooperation mit der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Dates and Tickets

Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 19:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 18:00

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It is said of Anton Bruckner that he liked to occupy the seats in opera houses where his view of the stage was blocked by pillars. He allegedly also liked to study piano scores of musical and dramatic works only with the text hidden. Dramatic interest moved him, but only if it took a musical form. Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony could claim to verify these anecdotes. This dramatic musical work fills an entire evening alone. Scenic, pictorial representations are sublimated to a great extent. Wherever they appear, such as very clearly during the scherzo or as the finale begins, the movement is particularly decorative and elaborately refined. The idea and structure of the final section is similar to an opera finale, since all the significant elements of the symphony unite here once again. This work is in the best hands with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. The chief musical director is a universal musician, but Bruckner is among his favourite domains.

Teatro Olimpico (photo: Paolo Monti, Vicenza 1966)