Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner and Widmann

Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Oliver Helbig)

Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony has long been one of the composer’s underrated works. According to Sir Simon Rattle, this is because it doesn’t offer what people usually expect of a Bruckner symphony. It is shorter, more transparent and less solemn than usual, “a piece full of humour and daring”. Bruckner himself seems to have seen it that way, for he whimsically said that the Sixth was his “boldest”. To open the programme, Simon Rattle conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto written by Jörg Widmann, this season’s Composer in Residence, for our principal horn Stefan Dohr.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Stefan Dohr french horn

Jörg Widmann

Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (Premiere) commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation

Stefan Dohr french horn

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 6 in A major

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Stefan Dohr (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Composer in Residence

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