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Andris Nelsons - Bruckner as an architect of music

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Grammy award winning conductor Andris Nelsons conducts the legendary Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in the first installment of their series of the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Bruckner Symphony No. 3 and Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture on DG. Andris Nelsons brings youthful energy, fluidity and rhythmic impulse, while still leaving room for Bruckner's music's monumental sound blocks which gives these works a new flavor. Nelsons regards the Symphony No. 3 as the symphony in which Bruckner truly established his own language: "Its premiere in Vienna was a disaster, and Bruckner suffered a lot because of it. Yet in many ways he was ahead of his time and much misunderstood." 

"Andris Nelsons conducted with keen focus and vigor, eliciting tonal beauty, technical precision and obvious engagement from the orchestra." – The Wall Street Journal

"…Nelsons has a sense of architecture… His changes of pace felt idiomatic, always part of the larger picture, and he gets the obsessive, uncertain and unresolved nature of Bruckner's writing." – The Guardian 
 
Watch the attached interview with Nelsons