Poster Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer Anton Bruckner
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Bruckner's magnificent finale

Performance Today - May 10, 2024

Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 is a massive piece—more than 80 minutes from beginning to end. Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin says the symphony is akin to entering a vast canyon. As you listen to Bruckner, he says, "Accept that space and time are different. It is not about the micro event but the grand line. Just breathe in, breathe out, and feel the connection of that music to the harmony of the universe." Join us to hear conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin lead the finale to Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Alfredo Casella: Berceuse triste Op. 14
Anna Geniushene, piano
Album: Berceuse
Piano Classics PCL10279

Gary Kuo: In Remembrance
Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine | Benjamin Loeb, conductor
Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Ukrainian National Academic Theater, Lviv, Ukraine

Joseph Haydn: Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:42
Anna Geniushene, piano
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, TCU Van Cliburn Concert Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Amy Beach: Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67
Pedja Muzijevic, piano | Livia Sohn, violin | Benjamin Beilman, violin | Gabriela Diaz, viola | Nina Lee, cello
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Hour 2

Karim Al-Zand: Visions from Another World: Movement 3
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Visions Take Flight
Innova 1016

Anton Bruckner, arr. Robert Haas: Symphony No. 8 in C minor: Movement 4
Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
Lucerne Festival, Concert Hall KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland

Luigi Boccherini: Guitar Quartet No. 4 in D Major, G. 448: Movements 3-4
Dolce Suono Ensemble: Gideon Whitehead, guitar | Mimi Stillman, piccolo | Christine Lim, violin | Burchard Tang, viola | Thomas Kraines, cello and castanets
DSE Presents, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan Peters: Arthropod Suite
ROCO | Jeri Lynne Johnson, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine, Houston, TX

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