Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a kind of contemporary classicist in the first decades of Anton Bruckner's work and as such had a lasting influence on the orchestral works from his student days, in which, among other things, echoes of the theme and instrumentation of the Hebrides Overture can be found. The Symphony No. 3 in A minor, which became popular under the epithet "Scottish", on the other hand, was at least familiar to Bruckner from the concert hall.
Bruckner's own, highly individual symphonic style is first documented in his Symphony No. 1 in C minor, premiered in Linz on 9 May 1868. With this work, the composer, already over 40, set out into new worlds and confidently entered the musical field that was avowedly the most important for him: that of symphonic music. When he subjected the work to a fundamental revision from 1890 onwards, resulting in its "Viennese version", which the Vienna Philharmonic launched on 13 December 1891 under the baton of Hans Richter, he affectionately and jokingly called it "das kecke Beserl".
Although the Vienna Philharmonic was closely associated with the composer during his lifetime thanks to these and other premieres and is still one of the most important "Bruckner orchestras" in the world, it was only recently that they presented their first complete recording of all eleven symphonies under a single conductor: Christian Thielemann, who will also be on the podium at their concert as part of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2024.
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)
The Hebrides. Concert Overture No. 2 in B minor, op. 26 (1829-30, rev. 1832 & 1835)
Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish") in A minor, op. 56 (1829-42)
– Intermission –
Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 (1865-66, rev. 1877, 1889-91) "Viennese version"
Christian Thielemann | conductor