Bruckner’s Seventh

Wednesday 7 December 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Nikolaj Znaider conductor
Thomas Trotter organ

Ruders: Symphony No. 4 (Feeney Trust co-commission – UK premiere) 30′
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 70′

Unfortunately, Andris Nelsons has withdrawn from this performance due to the imminent arrival of his first child. We are grateful to Nikolaj Znaider who has kindly agreed to take his place at short notice. The programme remains unchanged, and we apologise for any disappointment caused.

Bruckner heard the opening of his Seventh Symphony in a dream -played by an angel. And from then on, it only gets lovelier. You’ll be knocked backwards by the emotion, grandeur and sheer breathtaking beauty of this great romantic symphony: Andris Nelsons certainly thinks so. First, though, join us as we make history – and give the Symphony Hall Organ a workout into the bargain! – in the UK premiere of a stunning new symphony by the Danish master Poul Ruders.

Click here to find out more about composer Poul Ruders and his music.

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…     “Trotter played with verve and total empathy with the orchestra, conducted authoritatively at short notice by Nikolaj Znaider, yet another brilliant violinist who also conducts.

The response from the auditorium was warm and appreciative.

Znaider also presided over an account of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony which allowed all the orchestra’s glories to tell: effulgent strings, woodwind of almost human eloquence, and well-rounded, clearly-articulated brass.”     …

Review by Andrew Clements, Guardian:

…     “Znaider had taken over Nelsons’s programme unchanged, and so followed the very polished account of the Ruders with another symphony, Bruckner’s Seventh. That was a brisk, pliable performance, perhaps a bit too streamlined, but never overstudied or too monumental even in the great slow movement. It was superbly played: the sound world, very much Bruckner’s own for all its Wagnerian debts, was glowingly realised.”     …