Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Jukka-Pekka Saraste direction
The vast span of Bruckner's Symphony No.8 sweeps you along from the quest for divine revelation right through to the cosmic finale
Bruckner SymphonyNo. 8 (version 1890 - Edition Robert Haas)
Due to an urgent surgery, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is obliged to cancel all his concerts in the three coming weeks. Jukka-Pekka Saraste has kindly accepted to replace him.
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Yannick Nézet-Séguin thank you for your understanding.
The audience which witnessed the first performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in Vienna in 1892 hailed it as “the symphony of symphonies” as it held such a unique place in the author’s oeuvre and the history of the Romantic symphony. It represents the pinnacle of the form both by its length (it is one of the longest symphonies ever penned) and by the depth of its vision. The conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler called Bruckner “a gothic mystic adrift in the 19th century”. His symphonies are constructed like cathedrals, and his final Eighth Symphony is the most monumental of all. A work as iconic as The Rite of Spring, but for different reasons, it remains a musical peak which every conductor aspires to scale and conquer.