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Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (Composer)

Born: 4th September 1824, Ansfelden, Austria

Died: 11th October 1896, Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austrian

Josef Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer, organist, and music theorist best known for his symphonies, masses, Te Deum and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies.

Unlike other musical radicals such as Richard Wagner and Hugo Wolf, Bruckner showed extreme humility before other musicians, Wagner in particular. This apparent dichotomy between Bruckner the Man and Bruckner the composer hampers efforts to describe his life in a way that gives a straightforward context for his music.

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 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner's Second and Eighth Symphonies

The Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons continue their Bruckner cycle with sublime, lyrical performances of the Second and Eighth Symphonies.

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester perform Bruckner

James enjoys magnificently sonorous performances of two symphonies by Anton Bruckner.

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