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Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

  • Franz Schreker
    Chamber Symphony (00:28:52)

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

  • Anton Bruckner
    Symphony No. 9 (01:04:48)

These two composers couldn’t be more different: Anton Bruckner and Franz Schreker. Bruckner committed his compositional genius to the symphony, which he considered to be the quintessential musical genre. Unrecognised for many years during his lifetime, he developed his own personal style, culminating in his unfinished Ninth Symphony that posthumously consolidated his position as one of the most important 19th century symphonists today. Schreker, on the other hand, advanced from 1912 to become one of the leading opera composers of his time with his psychological musical drama. At the time his visions of sound could only be realised inadequately with the existent instruments, as he claimed. Schreker’s chamber symphony counts as one of his works of ‘absolute’ music. The piece draws reference to some of his stage productions, which have since fallen into oblivion.

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