Di. 17.09.24
Brucknerhaus Linz
Entgrenzen - Bruckners 6. Sinfonie im Originalklang

Marc Minkowski & Les Musiciens du Louvre

Marc Minkowski © Benjamin Chelly - Les Echos

Bruckner's symphonies in their original sound

After completing the String Quintet in F major, Anton Bruckner began work on the Symphony No. 6 in A major in August 1879, which he completed on September 3, 1881, one day before his 57th birthday, in St. Florian, where he had traveled at the beginning of August and from where he also went to Linz to visit "the folk festival associated with an exhibition" . Although he was able to hear the symphony on October 6, 1882 at a rehearsal of the Vienna Philharmonic, at which the musicians, as he reported in a letter to his friend Leopold Hofmeyr from Steyr, "applauded him vigorously and took a shower", only the middle movements were premiered in Vienna on February 11, 1883, which is why Bruckner did not revise the work. The fact that the entire symphony was not performed in public until after his death is all the more astonishing given that, despite its variety of forms, it is a true "miracle of control and concentration" .

The three-movement Symphony in D minor, composed between 1886 and 1888 by César Franck, who was only two years older than Bruckner, was a famous organist and was regarded in France as the successor to Ludwig van Beethoven, whose phrase from the String Quartet No. 16 in F major, underlaid with the question "Must it be?" , he made the motivic nucleus of his masterpiece.

With this fascinating program, the renowned original sound ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre, now in its 43rd year of existence, turns for the first time to one of Bruckner's symphonies, with which its founder and director Marc Minkowski has been intensively involved for some time as a sought-after and celebrated guest conductor of orchestras playing on modern instruments.


César Franck (1822-1890)

Symphony in D minor, FWV 48 (1886-88)

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Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB 106 (1879-81)


Les Musiciens du Louvre

Marc Minkowski | Conductor

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