Anton Bruckner: Who he was, and why his music continues to thrill

Anton Bruckner came from a humble village background and rose to become one of the Greats of classical music. Critics consider him a master of harmonic and rhythmic invention, a radical counterpoint to what had gone before.

Delve into the Austrian composer's life, inspiration and why his music continues to captivate us today, ahead of Sunday's concert at the Barbican: Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

'Bruckner was a strange mixture of sophistication and simplicity. He was a remarkable organ virtuoso and a superb teacher, who could hold his own in conversations with Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler. However, his behaviour could be naive and eccentric. Attendees at Beethoven’s 1888 exhumation were shocked when Bruckner insisted on handling the skull of the deceased composer. He also counted everything, from bars in sections of his symphonies to windows on buildings.'

Click below to discover more about Anton Bruckner.


Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony
Sunday 19 September 7pm Barbican

Bruckner Discarded Scherzo (1876) and Discarded Finale, ‘Volksfest’ (1878) from Symphony No 4, ed Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs
Bruckner Symphony No 4, 'Romantic' (1878–81), ed Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs*

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

* World premiere of new edition by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, Anton Bruckner Urtext Gesamtausgabe, Vienna 2021


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