The 1888 Bruckner 8th Performed at Ebrach

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Gerd Schaller performing the Bruckner 8th at Kloster Ebrach
On July 29th Gerd Schaller led the Philharmonie Festiva in a performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 using intermediate variants of each movement in a special score prepared by William Carragan, using the intermediate Adagio as edited by Dermot Gault and Takanobu Kawasaki. The concert took place at the Ebrach Summer Festival in Ebrach, Germany.

Each movement of the symphony was performed as it is individually found in a manuscript dating from between 1887 and 1890. The result, while not amounting to a firm version as such, is still a fascinating glimpse into Bruckner's work-in-progress.

In discussing the edition, Gerd Schaller stated, "Bruckner has started the revision of his 8th symphony not by simplifying, but sometimes by complicating several passages especially in the Adagio. It was a great pleasure and a great surprise to discover this new world. Performing this variant of 1888 gives an impressive glimpse into Bruckner's art of composing. It`s like opening a door into the 20th century."

Prior to this performance, the "Intermediate Adagio" has only been performed in Japan. This new performance will be released on CD in 2013 on the Profil Label which has already released Schaller's recordings of the Bruckner Symphonies 1-4 plus 7 and 9. These critically acclaimed recordings feature several of Prof. Carragan's performing editions.

To read an essay by William Carragan regarding this version, please click here.

The brochure (available below as a download) is beautifully illustrated with pictures of Kloster Ebrach. It also lists a performance of the rarely heard Missa pro Defunctis by Franz von Suppe.

The next Schaller / Carragan collaboration will be a performance of the 1878 Bruckner 4th with the rarely-performed "Volksfest" Finale. This is scheduled for a performance in Bad Kissingen on January 19th of 2013. It will be the concluding concert of the "Kissinger Winterzauber", again with the Philharmonie Festiva, and in cooperation with the Bavarian Radio.

Download: klangfest-ebrach.pdf