Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony
Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony is the documentation of an existential crisis. At the time of its composition, the 50-year-old composer was not accepted as an artist, nor had he found the fervently wished-for wife. His symphony displays less despair than defiance, however, for example, when in the colossal architecture of the Finale Bruckner confidently demonstrates his expertise or when the devout Catholic expresses his trust in the divine order with solemn orchestral chorales. The conductor is Herbert Blomstedt, one of the great Bruckner interpreters of our time.