Franz Schubert

With the compositions of Franz Schubert, a new sound entered music history: a cantabile tenderness, which, time and again, completely unexpectedly shifts into an evocation of dark depression and fateful, inescapable catastrophe. These abrupt mood...  more

Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"

"My products are present in a knowledge of music and in my pain…” This entry in Schubert’s diary in March of 1824 applies especially to the character of his Seventh Symphony. The typically romantic suffering from this world, the sense of inadequacy...

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Intermission

Anton Bruckner

Opinions once varied on the music of Anton Bruckner (born on September 4, 1824 in Ansfelden, near Linz), who ranks amongst the great symphonists after Beethoven. While one faction regarded him as a destroyer of traditions, the other side ecstatically...  more

Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major (2nd version from 1877/78 with the finale from 1880)

“Romantic” was the name Anton Bruckner himself gave to his Fourth Symphony, supplying it with a fitting, associative comment, which he communicated to his friend and first biographer August Göllrich: “Mediæval city – dawn – the sound of the town...

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Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more