Sa. 14.09.24
Brucknerhaus Linz
Fortfahren - Bruckners Sinfonien im Originalklang

Martin Haselböck & Orchester Wiener Akademie

Martin Haselböck © Meinrad Hofer

Bruckner's symphonies in their original sound

Anton Bruckner introduced himself as a symphonist in Vienna with his Symphony No. 2 in C minor, which was largely completed in St. Florian in September 1872. However, its premiere by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on October 26, 1873, conducted by Bruckner himself, was only a respectable success. The press response reflected the ambivalent attitude between fascination and irritation that was to become characteristic of contemporary Bruckner reception. The numerous general pauses, which were used as a structuring element and became the undoing of the work, which in itself is "of great lyrical beauty, delicacy and transparency of structure" , in the form of the unflattering nickname "Pausen-Sinfonie" . After the Vienna Philharmonic left his request unanswered in 1873, Bruckner planned to dedicate the 'Second' to "the master Franz Liszt in the most heartfelt reverence" in 1884, but refrained from doing so after Liszt carelessly left behind the dedication copy of the score he had given him on his departure from Vienna.

The 'Second' is appropriately accompanied by two second works by Liszt: the orchestral version of the popular Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, whose eventful composition and arrangement history, spanning more than 30 years, rivals that of any Bruckner symphony.

The interpretation of the three works, whose ordinal number 2 signals a continuation and continuation in the three genres, is in the hands of Martin Haselböck and the Orchester Wiener Akademie, who have recorded all of Liszt's orchestral works in their original sound and have not only done pioneering work in this respect, but have also added star pianist Kit Armstrong as soloist in the piano concerto, who is adept at playing both historical and modern grand pianos.


Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor, p. 359, No. 2 (1847, 1857-60)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major, p. 125 (1830-39, rev. 1849, 1853, 1857, 1861)

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Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, WAB 102 (1871-72, rev. 1873, 1876) "1872 version"


Kit Armstrong | Piano

Vienna Academy Orchestra

Martin Haselböck | Conductor


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