4 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2016 8:11 PM by ramoneur RSS

Bruckner's music - neo-romanticism, but brilliant

ramoneur Platinum
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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

 

WOW

 

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)

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  • Re: Bruckner's music - neo-romanticism, but brilliant
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    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.

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    • Re: Bruckner's music - neo-romanticism, but brilliant
      ramoneur Platinum
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      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,

      really

      I was amazed myself

       

      his 8th and 3rd are also amazing btw

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  • Re: Bruckner's music - neo-romanticism, but brilliant
    lindseyh Community Manager Marriott Associate Member
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    I'll have to check this out, ramoneur. I'm always interested to learn about new music!

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