Second Careers: Haitink Conducts Later Pieces by Haydn and Bruckner
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Bernard Haitink leads the New York Philharmonic in two pieces written during the second half of their respective composers’ lives. Both Haydn and Bruckner were in their 60s when they composed the pieces on this week’s program.
Part of his “London” symphonies (Nos. 93-104), Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, Miracle, begins with a slow with a stately introduction, takes turns toward the elegant, grand, stormy and sunny, folksy and delicate, and wraps up with a surprise ending.
Written with his ailing hero in mind, Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony includes an elegiac coda for Wagner, the man he idolized and revered, and also features four Wagner tubas (a cross between French horn and tuba, invented by Wagner for his Ring operas). In 1884, after a 15 minute ovation at the premier, his Seventh Symphony finally ended Bruckner's struggle for acceptance in the music world.
Haydn: Symphony No. 96, Miracle.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7.