A highlight for lovers of the great symphonic repertoire: Valery Gergiev conducts the Concertgebouworkest in Bruckner’s monumental swan song, his Symphony No. 9.
When Valery Gergiev conducts Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, you can expect a particularly intense concert. Hearing this monumental symphony is always an experience, especially with Gergiev conducting, the Russian conductor who is known for his passionate style, idiosyncratic vision and empathy
The Ninth, more than Bruckner’s earlier symphonies, is imbued with a tragic and spiritual intensity: it is with this work that he knowingly says farewell to life. Throughout the many years it took him to compose the work, he would say, ‘The Ninth will be my masterpiece. I just ask God that He will let me live long enough to complete it.’ Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. The final movement would remain unfinished. But the three completed movements are of an unrivalled eloquence and intensity.