Unknown Bruckner with Christian Thielemann

(photo: Stephan Rabold)

Anton Bruckner on the path to self-discovery: this concert presents two almost unknown symphonies by the composer, neither of which are included in the official count. The  Symphony in F minor is Bruckner’s first attempt in the genre. Although the composer described the piece as “school work”, it delights with its verve and Romantic warmth. In the case of the so-called “Nullte” (“No. 0”), it is fascinating to see Bruckner’s unmistakable personal style taking shape. Conductor Christian Thielemann is known for his Bruckner interpretations, promising to make this journey of discovery particularly rewarding.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Christian Thielemann conductor

Anton Bruckner

Symphony in F minor

Anton Bruckner

Symphony in D minor

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Christian Thielemann

Wagner, Mahler, Schumann: Christian Thielemann is one of the world’s leading experts in Romantic and late Romantic repertoire. Long build-ups of tension, a darkly fervent tone, consummate balance: all these elements characterize his interpretations of these works. The long-time artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival has been principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since the 2012/13 season. In their concerts during the past seasons he has devoted himself particularly to Strauss, Bruckner, Wagner and Beethoven, but has also conducted works by Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina. Thielemann enjoys a close partnership with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom he has appeared regularly since 1996, and with the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he is currently recording the complete Bruckner symphonies. In addition, he was musical advisor and music director of the Bayreuth Festival. His recent interpretations of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden were described with the words “boldness, soul work and an almost painful meticulousness …” (BR Klassik). Thielemann also appears as a guest with the great orchestras of Europe, the United States and Asia. Other important stages in the career of the conductor, who was a viola scholar at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker in his youth, were positions as music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Munich Philharmonic.

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