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Host: Habakuk Traber
A completely new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the Modern Period – thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.
Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.
Each part includes 27 mins introductory feature + full concert performance!
Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 in C minor is the last Symphony the composer completed. When Bruckner sent it in 1897 to Hermann Levi, the conductor who had lead his 7th to great success, he did not understand this very different work at all. He utterly rejected it, almost driving Bruckner to suicide. But instead he set to work thoroughly revising the symphony and completed a new version in 1890. Habakuk Traber explains this masterpiece by introducing Bruckner’s personality and his unique style of composing.
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 30 mins (documentary) + 80 mins (performance)
“the Vienna Phil's playing for Boulez is as gorgeous as the setting, Bruckner's beloved St Florian Monastery”
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