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A Monumental Piece over 80 Minutes -
Edo de Waart’s Bruckner 8 Apocalyptic


[12 February 2010 –Hong Kong] Succeeding Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Maestro Edo de Waart and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will perform one of the greatest symphonies in the music history, Symphony No. 8, Apocalyptic by the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. “Edo de Waart’s Bruckner 8 Apocalypticis a 2010 Hong Kong Arts Festival Programme and will be held on 27 Feb (Sat) 8pm at the HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

The Apocalyptic was the last complete symphony by Bruckner, (the composer was dead after he completed the first three movements of the Ninth Symphony). It was not only the longest, but also the most spiritual and the most fertile of his symphonic output. Bruckner drafted the symphony in 1884, riding on the tremendous success of the premiere of his Symphony No.7 in Leipzig. The great acclaim of Symphony No.7 allowed Bruckner to start working on The Apocalyptic at the age of 60. In 1887, after more than three years of work, Bruckner sent the draft to one of his best friends and closet collaborators, conductor Hermann Levi.  Much to Bruckner’s surprise, The Apocalyptic did not receive the expected enthusiasms from Levi but instead a harsh criticism. Levi and Bruckner’s associate, Joesf Schalk, even suggested Bruckner to revise the piece and such rejection threw him completely off balance. Bruckner was devastated and as a result plunged into a serious depression. He didn’t make any attempt of revising The Apocalyptic until March 1889. The piece was premiered in December 1892 in Vienna under Hans Richter. The critic Eduard Hanslick, who seldom spoke positively on Bruckner, agreed the premiere of The Apocalyptic was a great triumph.  A masterpiece was then born!

Maestro Edo de Waart, an authoritative interpreter of Bruckner
Any performance of a symphony by Bruckner is a major occasion. The Artistic Director and the Chief Conductor of the HKPO, Maestro Edo de Waart, is one of the most renowned conductors of Bruckner’s music and has received wide acclaims worldwide for his inspired interpretation of the composer’ works. Under the baton of Maestro de Waart, you will surely witness first hand a full 80 minutes of exhilarating musical architecture with grand harmonic structure and intricate, complex polyphony.

Maestro Edo de Waart [Full biography], Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the HKPO, had a very hectic fall schedule. Taking up the music directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in late September, he stepped in for the ailing Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine, to conduct Der Rosenkavalier in October, with Renée Fleming as Marschallin and Susan Graham as Octavian. All three performances garnered great critical acclaims. In last December, Maestro de Waart conducted the season’s highlight, Mahler’s The Song of the Earth on his triumphant return after two major US performances this fall.

Edo de Waart’s Bruckner 8
A 2010 Hong Kong Arts Festival programme

27 | 2 | 2010
sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
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BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 (1890 Nowak version)

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

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