The Belgrade Philharmonic and Chief-Conductor Gabriel Feltz are preparing a huge symphonic undertaking – Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, which they will perform at Kolarac Hall on Friday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. The entire concert evening is dedicated exclusively to this composition, which, for its duration of 90 minutes, will “build” a gigantic sound edifice – as an ideal beginning of the Belgrade Philharmonic’s “Ascension” series.
“If I had to bring something with me to a desert island, it would have be Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, especially its third, Adagio movement,” Feltz said.
“I am attached to this symphony in many ways; I heard it when I was only a seven-year-old boy. Even though I could not understand it then, it changed my life. While working on it with the orchestra, time somehow flows differently. Especially in its Adagio movement; I would say that this tranquility emanating from the depth of the score has such an effect that it could be proven medically to lower blood pressure,” concluded the Belgrade Philharmonic’s chief conductor, who will conduct Bruckner’s longest symphony from memory.
The Eighth Symphony is said to be a monumental creation, which represents the culmination of the composer’s wisdom and maturity. Bruckner was a deeply religious man; he was even interred in the monastery crypt under the organ that he played. The musicians of the Belgrade Philharmonic will demonstrate all their skill, concentration, and dedication in a piece that has not been on the orchestra’s repertoire for two decades. Those who want to hear this can buy standing tickets at the Kolarac Ticket Office, from 7:00 p.m., one hour before the concert.