Schubert and Bruckner performed by the famous Viennese orchestra
In Bruckner’s fourth symphony, some seem to hear a ‘cathedral of sounds’, while for others it evokes a splendid walk in the Austrian Alps. The eerily beautiful horn solo at the beginning instantly sets the scene and puts you in just the right frame of mind. From the very first note, this supremely romantic music speaks to the imagination. Bruckner’s monumental symphonies are long, but not quite long enough for music-lovers who are transported by his incredibly rich universe of sound. In 1881, his Symphony No. 4 was premiered in 1881 by the Vienna Philharmonic, with great success, and this year, especially for the Festival, the work will once again resound in St Bavo’s Cathedral.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Viennese orchestra that is world famous for its legendary New Year concerts in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, is coming to Ghent for the first time since 1979. Who better to give the opening concert of this edition of the festival!
In addition to Bruckner’s work, nicknamed ‘Romantic’, the programme features Franz Schubert’s enigmatic Unfinished Symphony. Led by the legendary Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt, it promises to be an unforgettable evening.
We’re incredibly proud to bring such world class music to Ghent!
Under the patronage of Ambassador Dr Elisabeth Kornfeind
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Franz Schubert - Symphony no. 8 in B Minor 'Unfinished'
Anton Bruckner - Symphony no. 4 in E-flat Major
We are organizing this event according to the coronavirus measures that will be in place at that time. Flanders Festival Ghent will make use the Covid Safe Ticket. More information about the Covid Safe Ticket, where you can use it and how it works can be found in our COVID-Q&A.