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Anton Bruckner

Into the family of an Austrian village schoolteacher at Ansfelden was born Anton Bruckner on 4 September 1824. Not until eleven years of age did his immense talent receive professional guidance, a matter of concern to Bruckner who sought teaching for much of his life, despite the large-scale works with which he struggled and won, and despite his prowess as an organist and improviser. His dedication to technique delayed start on the symphonies until he was nearly forty. But his organ studies, which led to masterly skill as an improviser, started much earlier. Fortunately, his vast labour composing nine symphonies (the last unfinished) has led to frequent performance and just recognition of his gifts - we can at least say that the world has taken this music to its heart. Bruckner died in Vienna on 11 October 1896.

A selection of M&V articles about Anton Bruckner

DVD Spotlight. Balm to the Soul - Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 7, savoured by Robert Anderson. 'Celibidache is in no hurry ...'

CD Spotlight. Lightness and Sparkle - Bruckner's Symphony No 4, heard by Bill Newman. 'Totally recommended.'

CD Spotlight. Gripping Intensity - Simon Rattle's new Bruckner 9, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... polished and vigorous performances ...'

Ensemble. Sheer Beauty - Bruckner 8 from Barenboin and the Staatskapelle Berlin, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Compelling Settings - Lassus, Gesualdo, Purcell, Byrd, J S Bach, Bruckner, Brahms and Tucapský from the Sitwell Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Sublime Music-making - Kurt Masur conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, heard by Bill Newman

CD Spotlight. Still Misunderstood - Blomstedt conducts Brucker 4, heard by George Balcombe. '... playing magic ...'

CD Spotlight. Ingeniously Crafted - Orchestral music by Donald Tovey, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... the Malmö Opera Orchestra plays handsomely for George Vass.'

CD Spotlight. Vocal Colour - Simon Keenlyside sings Schubert, Wolf, Fauré and Ravel, heard by Robert Anderson. '... a wondrous variety ...'

Ensemble. Pilgrimages of the Soul - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra

CD Spotlight. Flight of Eloquence - Blomstedt conducts Bruckner, heard by Robert Anderson. '... opulence and splendour ...'

Ensemble. Mahler versus Mahler - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

CD Spotlight. Invigoratingly Natural - Van Beinum conducts Mahler, recommended by Howard Smith. '... a tad less frenetic ...'

Ensemble. A Cogent Argument - Mike Wheeler listens to Stephen Johnson and the BBC Philharmonic

CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Portrayed - Friedrich Klose's 'Ilsebill', praised by Gerald Fenech. '... a risky yet rewarding adventure ...'

CD Spotlight. Deft and Brilliant - Sibelius orchestral music, recommended by Robert Anderson. '... in the safest of hands.'

CD Spotlight. Utterly Absorbing - A sampler from Cedille Records, enjoyed by Howard Smith. '... top quality standards.'

Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton

CD Spotlight. Evident Sympathy - Major piano works by Schubert, heard by Robert Anderson. '... Lipkin understands well how to respect the silences ...'

DVD Spotlight. Beyond Beauty - A film about Sergiu Celibidache, seen by Ioana Osoianu. 'There are no compromises.'

CD Spotlight. Motet and Lauda - Cantica Symphonia sing sixteenth century motets, and impress George Balcombe. '... so gentle yet precise ...'

CD Spotlight. A Special Quality - Music by Sibelius for voice and orchestra, recommended by Robert Anderson. 'Throughout the set BIS has maintained the high standards ...'

Record Box. Dazzling Works - Contemporary music from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, recommended by Patric Standford

Unexpected Delights - Mike Wheeler listens to The Sitwell Singers

Stylistic Variety - Passiontide music sung by the Derwent Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Delightful music-making - A concert by the Sitwell Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Many happy returns - Tess Crebbin pays tribute to German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, eighty today

CD Spotlight. Eupeptic verve - Viennese music played by the Bruckner Orchester Linz, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... enchanting freedom and flexibility ...'

Ensemble. Devotion and heroism - Ted and Emi Norrish enjoy a musical weekend in Munich

CD Spotlight - Mr Valiant-for-Truth. 'It really is that good.' Enjoying Bruckner's Eighth under Günter Wand, with David Wilkins

Towards and beyond the mighty Eighth - a select overview of major Bruckner Symphonies and interpreters on disc, by Bill Newman (with special reference to a rare recording by Rudolf Kempe) (continued from last week)

Towards and beyond the mighty Eighth - a select overview of major Bruckner Symphonies and interpreters on disc, by Bill Newman (with special reference to a rare recording by Rudolf Kempe) (continued from July)

Towards and beyond the mighty Eighth - a select overview of major Bruckner Symphonies and interpreters on disc, by Bill Newman (with special reference to a rare recording by Rudolf Kempe) (continued from last week)

Towards and beyond the mighty Eighth - a select overview of major Bruckner Symphonies and interpreters on disc, by Bill Newman (with special reference to a rare recording by Rudolf Kempe) (continued from last week)

Towards and beyond the mighty Eighth - a select overview of major Bruckner Symphonies and interpreters on disc, by Bill Newman (with special reference to a rare recording by Rudolf Kempe)

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