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Ansfelden, Austria (1824 – 1896)

Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 – 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The former are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, complex polyphony, and considerable length. Bruckner’s compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies.

Unlike other radicals, such as Richard Wagner or Hugo Wolf who fit the enfant terrible mould, Bruckner showed extreme humility before other musicians, Wagner in particular. This apparent dichotomy between Bruckner the man and Bruckner the composer hampers efforts to describe his life in a way that gives a straightforward context for his music.

His works, the symphonies in particular, had detractors, most notably the influential Austrian critic Eduard Hanslick, and other supporters of Johannes Brahms, who pointed to their large size, use of repetition, and Bruckner’s propensity to revise many of his works, often with the assistance of colleagues, and his apparent indecision about which versions he preferred. On the other hand, Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers, including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as “half simpleton, half God”.


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  • cowboy_envy

    "Overrated, once you decode his style the music loses all its meaning."

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CreamCat

    If you haven't listened to Bruckner for a while, it usually gets a week of intense listening to get back into it. But then it becomes simply impossible to stop.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    It's nothing to do with brain and pop music though jonrady. It is more a matter of taste. I like some pop music and I love Bruckners music as well.

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jonrady

    anyone who does not get Bruckner should just stick to pop music and jingles. Forget anything that needs a brain. we wont miss you Jr

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    he is incredible

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    потрясающе, вершина немецкой музыки, не зря фюрер его так любил

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • I0000days

    Overrated, once you decode his style the music loses all its meaning.

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • shangoyal

    when you don't get his music, it's too long. and then suddenly one day, it is exactly the right length.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Beautiful, beautiful symphonies.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MsChestertonx


    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • NightXsenator

    Wand NDR cycle is perfect. His recordings of 4th and 8th with BPO are also fantastic. 8th in Lubeck also.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mahleria

    The Quintet in F Major is fantastic.

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    I checked out on Amazon, the 17CD Bruckner set costs well over €1000... Spendy indeed.

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mahleria

    I agree. It's not my personal nickname for him, but rather one that's been given to him. Dig around online and you'll find that he is very well regarded. He met Furtwängler as a young man and it made a huge impression on him. I haven't heard the Nagano; DS-O but will put it on my radar. I love his Messiaen discs and saw him conduct Stravinsky a few years ago.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    (Labelling someone the Japanese - or any other - Furtwängler will create very high expectations, though, which might prove difficult to live up to...)

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    @mahleria: Thanks for the recommendation, I already planned to listen to a Japanese version. On a FB discussion group someone recommended the Eighth by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, 2005, under Kent Nagano, who is Japanese American. Have you by any chance heard Nagano as well?

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mahleria

    Great cycle worth checking out is the "Japanese Fürtwangler": Takashi Asahina w/ Osaka Phil. Damn spendy though.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Cranigen


    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Cranigen

    mahler's symphonies are generally larger

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Wooshmeister

    " The main problem with Bruckner symphonies is that they're just too short." A problem also seen in Mahler's symphonies.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
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