as a fervent Bach-lover for composition,
and a lifelong fan of Beethoven for "bombastic classical hard-rock" music,
Bruckner was a composer I did not know,
until, somewhat by chance (well, availability and a heavily subsidized low admission price) I went to one of The Netherland's finest Concert Halls (in Amsterdam - go visit/listen!) to listen to his sixth sympony
I have come to enjoy - and include in my standard listening short-list - his 6th, 8th and 3rd symphonies
He is - at this moment - the only composer I like from the more "dreamy" compositions;
His compositions are a bit too complex, lack "Beethoven's bombastic umpfh", and should adhere more to Bach's superior "interconnectivity"
...but man! Does his music pack a punch!
If you're going to listen to his music on youtube, or whatever,
be sure to choose Celibidache's or Bernstein's versions;
I have found this music to be extremely dependent on the conductor's expertise;
If you're going to listen only once; choose the best conductor's version, please
(I may even be able to start appreciating Mahler through him)
I have never heard of Bruckner. I listened to the 6th, conducted by Celibicache. I didn't like it (Sorry.) The composition felt full of dissonance to me, at least the first two movements. I just couldn't "hear" the story. It got better towards the end (maybe it was just growing on me, maybe I stopped paying close attention...) Others in the office seemed to like it. I'll listen to more this weekend.
Thank you for highlighting this composer, whom I was not familiar with.
no problem; great you tried listening ;-)
I had to get used to his music too; as I said: it's too "loose"; you are swimming in a tonal sea instead of following a story;
however, after listening to his 6th for some 10 times, I finally got to hear it performed live;
and it was great,
I was amazed myself
his 8th and 3rd are also amazing btw
I'll have to check this out, ramoneur. I'm always interested to learn about new music!