His detractors said he was “a genius without talent”. Others, more benign, showed how he didn’t live in his time. For everyone, however, it was impossible to ignore the uniqueness of his symphonies – simultaneously overwhelming, intimate and spiritual. Perhaps the most misunderstood of all Romantic composers, he composed the Seventh Symphony at the age of 60, and it was the greatest success of his life. This has been the most common gateway for those who surrender to Anton Bruckner’s immense musical universe.
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
A. Bruckner Symphony No. 7
Michael Zilm conductor