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On demand: Bruckner Symphony no. 7

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden

The Seventh Symphony is Anton Bruckner’s most popular and frequently played piece. Here, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra shapes the monumental resonance of this symphony under the baton of American conductor David Zinman.

Anton Bruckner is a heavyweight symphonist who is currently having a bit of a renaissance. His symphonies, eight of which are complete and a ninth that is missing the final movement, are all large-scale and dramatic. Bruckner was an organist and his symphonies have often been compared to the resonating intensity of the organ. He also studied counterpoint, which is evident in the intricate sectional interplay of his music.

Nevertheless, his major role model was Wagner. This is especially true of the Seventh Symphony, which Bruckner largely wrote after seeing a performance of Parsifal in Bayreuth in the summer of 1882, which was the last time these two giants met: Wagner died in February the following year. 

Recorded in February 2016

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