Bruckner’s monumental Ninth
In the procession of top international orchestras that will be calling at our Festival, this year we welcome the German Bamberger Symphoniker. Led by their chief conductor Jakub Hrůša, they present a programme with works that feel as if they have been specifically composed for the majestic architecture of St Bavo’s Cathedral. If there is a single composer who was able to capture time – in its most infinite form – in sound, then it is surely Anton Bruckner. The monumental Symphony No. 9 is his final work. The first movement is inscribed with the tempo marking ‘misterioso’. To an even greater extent than in his previous symphonies, he seems to be drawing this pure music from the very depths of his artistry.
Alongside this, the Bamberger performs a twentieth-century classic: Lontano by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti. Whilst many avant-garde composers around him were focusing on abstract complexity, in this orchestral work Ligeti seems to be once again seeking out the grand gesture of the music of the past. A mysterious and exciting opener, the perfect counterpart to Bruckner’s generous Ninth.
Photo: © Andreas Herzau
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
György Ligeti - Lontano
Anton Bruckner - Symphony no. 9 in d minor