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Sun, Mar. 03, 2024, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

7th Philharmonic Concert

Kent Nagano

Anton Bruckner Symphonie Nr. 5 B-Dur WAB 105

Kent Nagano
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Introduction 60 minutes before the start of the event

"In this Bruckner anniversary year, one might well ask: 'Who was Anton Bruckner?', as opinions on his music continue to differ controversially," says Kent Nagano on the occasion of the 7th Philharmonic Concert. "Some see his music as the epitome of the naïve, coarse and redundant, while others want to recognise precursors of modernism in his sound combinations, the outmoded avant-garde of his era. While it is generally agreed that Bruckner's symphonic form consists primarily of a dynamic sequence of immense waves of intensity, the thematic work is merely the surface, where the almost 'physical' or 'bodily-organic' process of expansion, of stretching towards huge, excessive outbursts and concentrated climaxes is decisive. In this concept, we sense how the 'centrifugal forces', which were initially held together by the technique of counterpoint, eventually expand until they can no longer be contained. The underlying dynamisation of development can no longer be tamed. If one reflects on the social developments in Europe in this context, one quickly realises the topicality and profound relevance of Bruckner's creativity."

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 83,00 / 65,00 / 51,00 / 36,00 / 14,00

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