• The Dresden Staatskapelle's principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, asserts that Anton Bruckner's music, in its long-winding search for beauty, is the perfect antidote for modern life. He and the orchestra brought Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013.
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    The Dresden Staatskapelle's principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, asserts that Anton Bruckner's music, in its long-winding search for beauty, is the perfect antidote for modern life. He and the orchestra brought Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013.
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  • The Dresden Staatskapelle, founded in 1548, dedicated this Carnegie Hall concert to the memory of their late conductor laureate, Sir Colin Davis, who passed away on April 14.
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    The Dresden Staatskapelle, founded in 1548, dedicated this Carnegie Hall concert to the memory of their late conductor laureate, Sir Colin Davis, who passed away on April 14.
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  • Bruckner's majestic score calls for an incredible array of instruments, including three harps, contrabass tuba and four Wagner tubas.
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    Bruckner's majestic score calls for an incredible array of instruments, including three harps, contrabass tuba and four Wagner tubas.
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  • A close-up view of Bruckner's densely knitted music.
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    A close-up view of Bruckner's densely knitted music.
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  • Conductor Christian Thielemann performed the massive, 80-minute work without a score.
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    Conductor Christian Thielemann performed the massive, 80-minute work without a score.
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  • Thielemann and the Dresden musicians acknowledge the audience's enthusiastic applause at evening's end.
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    Thielemann and the Dresden musicians acknowledge the audience's enthusiastic applause at evening's end.
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When the orchestra brings Bruckner's Eighth Symphony to New York, listeners hear an ensemble comfortable with the composer's quirks and thrills. Hear what one critic calls a "mesmerizing experience."

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