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Ensemble

Sheer Beauty

Bruckner 8 from Barenboim
and the Staatskapelle Berlin,
reviewed by BILL NEWMAN

 

Here we have a genius musician teamed up with Anton Bruckner's greatest work, which took four years to compose. The whole hall was spellbound on 17 April 2012, as Maestro Barenboim took centre stage, his baton poised to open with the work's solemn C minor stirrings in the bass register, against a held chord in brass and winds.

This music seems to epitomize the composer's lifelong struggle for recognition; his devotion to God bringing forth justification of his oncoming demise in the isolation of a life spent in the service of the Catholic Church...

Copyright © 7 May 2012 Bill Newman,
London UK

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ANTON BRUCKNER

DANIEL BARENBOIM

LONDON

UNITED KINGDOM

AUSTRIA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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