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29 Apr 2016

Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker talk about Anton Bruckner (8 min.)

For all conductors, performing Bruckner’s symphonies is among the most demanding of tasks. It is easy to forget that due to their sheer duration alone, they also pose a great, physical challenge for orchestral musicians. Here, Matthew Hunter (viola), Thomas Leyendecker (trombone), Albrecht Mayer (principal oboe), Christian Stadelmann (leader of the second violins), Stefan de Leval Jezierski (horn), Máté Szűcs (1st principal viola) and Marlene Ito (second violins), all members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, talk about their experiences with the composer: the necessity for patience and the risk of exaggeration in interpreting these monumental symphonies, and of playing together with great Bruckner conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Celibidache and Günter Wand.

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