Bruckner, Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
From the Berlin Philharmonie
The performance of all six of Anton Bruckner's mature symphonies on six nearly consecutive evenings is an accomplishment that can truly be called "superhuman" (Der Tagesspiegel). Daniel Barenboim - conductor, pianist, all round musical genius - set himself this task in June 2010 with the Staatskapelle Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie. What Barenboim and his orchestra - he has been its principal conductor since 1992 - achieve in this marathon is a new view of the Bruckner opus that opts for grandeur and the mighty theatrical gesture. Bruckner's symphonies as "operas without words" (Der Tagesspiegel).