The conductor Christian Thielemann returns to the Concertgebouworkest after an absence of seventeen years. He is conducting Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 5.
Christian Thielemann is an expert in larger symphonic works, and is certainly the right person to lead the orchestra in Bruckner’s mighty Fifth Symphony. The work demands power and refinement in equal measure – between the monumental masses of sound, dreamy mists pass by.
Bruckner fought long and hard for recognition as a composer, bravely holding out against biting criticism and other setbacks. That struggle is audible in the Fifth Symphony: this is music with a fantastic build-up of tension that culminates in a grand finale. And throughout this journey through the soul, the listener constantly wonders, ‘What goes on inside a person who could compose music like this?’