Bruckner’s Fifth.

Anton Bruckner:

  • Symphony No. 5

I must admit that I am still trying to get my arms around the music of this Austrian composer. I have enjoyed some of what I have heard; however, I am frequently irritated (!) by the fact that Bruckner’s music seems to head for a climax, and after the climax takes place, the music continues further. For me this raises some frustration.

As such, this CD allows me to explore more of Bruckner’s music. And since I have a huge respect for Daniel Barenboim as a conductor, I feel that this is a good way to learn.

We hear the following:


  • Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, original version

Performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim conducting, recorded live at Philharmonie Berlin.

The German newspaper ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ summed up this highly acclaimed performance of Bruckner’s monumental Fifth Symphony by saying:

“Both Bruckner’s belief in God, as it majestically wells up out of the chorale of the Fifth, and his deeply tragic world view, collide with one another in Barenboim’s interpretation”.

Here is Anton Bruckner’s Symphony umber 5; 4th movement (Finale), performed by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt:



And next, here is the entire work (one hour and 28 minutes), as conducted by Sergiu Celibidache; very majestic music:


Tags: Anton Bruckner, Symphony #5, Barenboim, Celibidache

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