Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi takes the baton to lead the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
The concert features Richard Strauss’s “Symphonic Fragment from Josephs-Legende” and Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony. The latter, often nicknamed “The Apocalyptic”, was the last symphony the Austrian composer completed and was not well received upon its premier in 1891.
Bruckner labelled the work his “enigma” and it certainly seemed to cause a rift among critics, some of whom called it strange and even “repellent”, while others hailed it as “the work of a giant”.
Strauss’s piece was adapted by the composer as a work for reduced orchestra from the ballet he composed just before WWI.