Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan) Christian Thielemann & Wiener Philharmoniker

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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Christian Thielemann & Wiener Philharmoniker

Composer: Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)

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  • Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896): Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan):
  • 1Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan): I. Moderato18:01
  • 2Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan): II. Andante. Feierlich, etwas bewegt18:05
  • 3Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan): III. Scherzo. Mäßig schnell - Trio. Gleiches Tempo06:42
  • 4Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan): IV. Finale. Mehr schnell15:22
  • Total Runtime58:10

Info for Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Edition Carragan)

In the autumn of 1872 Anton Bruckner – court organist, university professor and a late developer as a composer – had the opportunity to present his Second Symphony to the Vienna Philharmonic. But its conductor Otto Dessoff, who only a few years later was to conduct the world première of Brahms’s First Symphony and who had arranged a run-through of several new works, including Bruckner’s Second, dismissed the symphony as “impossible” and even as pure “nonsense”, a view contested by a number of other members of the orchestra who raised their voices in its defence. And indeed the Vienna Philharmonic did finally perform the symphony at a public concert a year later to mark the official ending of the Vienna World Fair on 26 October 1873 – without Dessoff. Bruckner himself con- ducted the performance, which was financed by a noble patron – at the previous year’s ill-starred rehearsal he had only been allowed to indicate the tempi. “First rejection” he had noted in his diary at that time, as if it was already obvious to him that this was not to be his last such rejection.

But now he could scarcely believe his own good fortune, especially since the audience in the Musikvereinssaal had cheered him after every movement. The very next day he wrote a thank-you letter to the Philharmonic, a model of calligraphy that was both effusive and obsequious in tone: “Even if I may never be able to express a fraction of my gratitude, still less to repay you for what you were kind enough to do for me yesterday in a magnificent display of your supreme artistic abilities, when you may even have outdone yourselves,” Bruckner began circumspectly before adding the prophetic wish, “I would ask you merely not to deprive me now and for all time of your indispensable and incalculable support.” That this would one day be the case he could not possibly suspect. Instead he could only hope that it would be so, especially after the Vienna Philharmonic ignored his second request: “Every father seeks the best possible place for his child, and so you will not, I trust, hold it against me if I do the same and ask you if I may dedicate my work to you?”

Wiener Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann, conductor

Christian Thielemann
was born in Berlin in 1959 and began what Karajan called the classical conductor’s “hard but indispensable slog” through numerous small theatres at an early age. After 20 years of operatic experience, Thielemann, who also has been guest conductor-in-chief at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, started concentrating on a few selected orchestras and opera houses such as Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan in New York and the Vienna State Opera. From 1997–2004 he was music director of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, and in 2004 he was appointed music director of the Münchner Philharmoniker. Thielemann received Germany’s Bundesverdienstkreuz in 2003.

Dresden Staatskapelle
On 22nd September 2008 the Staatskapelle Dresden celebrated its 460th jubilee. Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, it is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition. Over its long history, many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this one-time court

Previous directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the ensemble his »miraculous harp«. The list of prominent conductors of the last 100 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Otmar Suitner, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli. The orchestra was directed by Bernard Haitink from 2002-2004 and most recently by Fabio Luisi from 2007-2010. Principal Conductor since the 2012 / 2013 season has been Christian Thielemann. In May 2016 the former Principal Conductor Herbert Blomstedt received the title Conductor Laureate. This title has only been awarded to Sir Colin Davis before, who held it from 1990 until his death in April 2013. Myung-Whun Chung has been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2012 / 2013 season.

Richard Strauss and the Staatskapelle were closely linked for more than sixty years. Nine of the composer’s operas were premiered in Dresden, including »Salome«, »Elektra« and »Der Rosenkavalier«, while Strauss’s »Alpine Symphony« was dedicated to the orchestra. Countless other famous composers have written works either dedicated to the orchestra or first performed in Dresden. In 2007 the Staatskapelle reaffirmed this tradition by introducing the annual position of »Capell- Compositeur«. Following on from Hans Werner Henze and Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina will hold the title for the 2014/2015 season.

The Staatskapelle’s home is the Semperoper, where it performs around 260 operas and ballets each season. In addition the ensemble presents another 50 symphonic and chamber concerts in the opera house, as well as playing at various musical events in Dresden’s Frauenkirche. As one of the world’s most celebrated and popular symphony orchestras, the Staatskapelle regularly travels abroad to the world’s leading classical venues.

From 2013 the Staatskapelle Dresden is the resident orchestra of the Salzburg Easter Festival, whose Artistic Director is none other than Christian Thielemann. The Staatskapelle also does valuable work to support the local region: Since October 2008 it has been the patron orchestra of Meetingpoint Music Messiaen in the double city of Görlitz- Zgorzelec. And in September 2010 the orchestra helped found the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch (Saxon Switzerland), which is the only such annual event dedicated to the music and life of Dmitri Shostakovich.

At a ceremony in Brussels in 2007 the Staatskapelle became the first – and so far only – orchestra to be awarded the »European Prize for the Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage«.

Volkswagen´s Transparent Factory has been a Partner of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2008.

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