A festive speaker with visions for a better world.

The International Brucknerfest Linz 2022 invites the public from 4 September to 11 October 2022 to go on a journey of discovery under the theme "VISIONS - BRUCKNER AND THE MODERN": In its fifth edition under the artistic direction of Dietmar Kerschbaum, one of Austria's most important classical music festivals is thematically coming full circle on its exploration of the cosmos of Anton Bruckner's life and work. After Bruckner's students, who were the focus in 2021, this year's attention will be directed towards new musical worlds, the modernity of the Linz composer, and his influence on posterity. Surprises are inevitable, astonishment is not excluded and excitement is guaranteed, for, alongside the familiar, 33 events at 10 venues, many new things are waiting to be played, heard, and loved.

The festive speaker Jean Ziegler and his speech at the ceremonial opening of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2022, on Sunday, 11 September 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in the Brucknerhaus Linz, also deserve attention.

The world best-selling author Jean Ziegler, born in Thun, Switzerland, has been won as the ceremonial speaker at the opening of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2022. The internationally renowned sociologist, politician, non-fiction writer, and novelist is considered one of the most influential critics of capitalism and globalization. Ziegler was influenced at a young age by his friendship with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. His first assignment at the UN in the Congo (1962-65) awakened his interest in the economic and political exploitation of Third World countries and in modern forms of class struggle. Numerous books, translated into many languages, were written on these subjects. Why we must keep fighting. My Life for a Fairer World (2019), What's So Bad About Capitalism? Answers to My Granddaughter's Questions (2021) and The Shame of Europe. Of refugees and human rights (2022).



Jean Ziegler © Bertelsmann Verlag
Jean Ziegler © Bertelsmann Verlag

Jean Ziegler was a member of the Federal Parliament from Geneva for more than 20 years (1967-83 and 1987-99) and taught as a professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne University in Paris until May 2002.  From 2000 to 2008, he was the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and a member of the UN Task Force on Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq.
From 2008 to 2012, Ziegler was a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council and was re-elected to this body in September 2013. He is also on the advisory board of the civil and human rights organization Business Crime Control. Jean Ziegler holds various honorary doctorates and international awards


The entire programme of the opening ceremony of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2022 features an explicit Bruckner reference, piece by piece because none of the works to be performed would have been written without Bruckner as a model. But it is not only the festive opening that demonstrates Bruckner's fascinating influence on posterity; instead, this influence runs like a red musical thread through the entire programming of the festival. The premiere of a commissioned work for orchestra by Klaus Lang will also be a source of wonder at the festive event. Starting backwards, in the here and now, with Klaus Lang, the journey of discovery through the history of Anton Bruckner's work begins and goes back in steps of 30 or 40 years to its starting point, the genius loci.

Beginning and end so close: the truly open end of Anton Bruckner's last composition will form the conclusion of the ceremonial opening of the International Bruckner Festival Linz on 11 September at 10:30 am. The final movement of his Symphony No. 9 in D minor remained a fragment. Throughout his life, Anton Bruckner had to make concessions and fundamentally revise his works again and again; his symphonies in particular were too much at odds with the prevailing musical taste of the time. Even at the posthumous premiere of the unfinished Symphony No. 9 in D minor in 1903, the conductor and Bruckner student Ferdinand Löwe felt compelled to make cuts and soften dissonances. How radical Bruckner's final movement was intended to be, and how far outside the compositional tradition it stands, can at least be guessed from the surviving sources.

The concert programme of the festive event will present the rarely performed fragments and, with works by Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof Penderecki, György Kurtág and Klaus Lang, show how important Bruckner was as a point of reference for the music of the 20th century and has remained so to the present day. At the podium of the Upper Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra will be the young conductor and composer Oscar Jockel, who has already won many awards and is an assistant conductor with the French Ensemble intercontemporain and, since December 2021, also with Kirill Petrenko, and who will be a fellow of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2022/23 season.



Klaus Lang (* 1971)
aperi oculos tuos (Open your eyes) for orchestra (2022) [world premiere]

György Kurtág (* 1926)
Stele for large orchestra, op. 33 (1993–94) [Brucknerhaus premiere]

Krzysztof Penderecki (1933–2020)
When Jacob awoke from sleep, he saw that God was there. But he did not notice it for orchestra (1974) [Brucknerhaus premiere]

Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
Les Offrandes oubliées. Méditation symphonique for orchestra (1930)

Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Excerpts from the fragmentary final movement of Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (1895–96)


Jean Ziegler | festive speaker
V.I.P. – Voices in Progress
Oberösterreichischer Landesjugendchor
Oberösterreichisches Jugendsinfonieorchester
Oscar Jockel
| conductor



Festive act: Ceremonial opening of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2022
SO, 11 September 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Brucknerhaus Linz, Great Hall

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