Impressive monastic concert at St. Florian’s Basilica

Friday’s festive monastic concert at the Basilica of St. Forian turned out to be an unusually glamorous event with Markus Böchner and the Bruckner Orchestra. Paul Zülehner was brought in as a spiritual icon for the concert introduction with ideas to guide listening.

Anton Bruckner’s VIII Symphony, C minor WAB 108 (1890 edition), performed at its full length (85 minutes) in a fully packed Basilica, not only with the wonderful new, colorful lighting in the chancel, but also with an accurate departure in sound. This demanding VIII: Symphony Worlds.

There is hardly an orchestra in the world that has performed Bruckner’s 9 symphonies as well as the Bruckner Orchestra, and it achieves, above all, an unmistakable effect, with a wonderful piano culture, impressive solos and excellent interpolation. Matter is communicated at all stages of design: the head must be in complete harmony with the conductor.

Since he took over as Principal Conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in 2017, Markus Böchner and our great Austrian ensemble have thrilled audiences and journalists alike.

On the occasion of AB’s 200th birthday, the orchestra, including Böchner, managed to record a commemorative cycle of all the Bruckner symphonies on CD.

By Christine Gruber

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