Majestic brass, stunning climaxes and the most heartfelt lyrical impulse lie within a symphonic journey of time and space unique to this humble Austrian composer, whose background as an organist is the symphony’s sonic imprint. Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony is one of the grandest “darkness to light ” musical stories since Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Complete with four Wagner tubas added to the already ample brass section, Bruckner’s individuality of spirit and monumental design produce a symphonic experience to cherish.
Mozart was a violinist and veteran composer at age 19 when he wrote his Violin Concerto No. 2, engaging, instantly memorable and full of athletic demands for the soloist.