As Bruckner’s Third Symphony creeps into life through an awed hush, it reveals the composer’s regard for his two great musical heroes: Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Wagner. But this was also the symphony with which Bruckner properly revealed to this world his own voice, in all its grandeur and individuality.
From the majestic lone trumpet of its opening to the huge, overarching structure those chiselled notes engender, Bruckner’s Third was one that heralded a new sense of breadth and awe that symphonic music hadn’t visited before. Vladimir Jurowski conducts this monumental piece after the dashing drive of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2, performed by Natalia Gutman.
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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
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