Music director, Marc Taddei, will lead the orchestra in a symphonic
double bill on May 25th that includes Mozart’s mighty Jupiter
symphony, and Bruckner’s apocalyptic eighth.
Mozart polished off the Jupiter, his last symphony, to help pay off
some monumental debt. Bruckner’s 8th, is his attempt to encompass God
and the battle between good and evil.
Jupiter is the ultimate expression of Mozart’s genius, while in his
mighty eighth, Bruckner stretches symphonic form to its very limit.
It’s not clear whether Mozart ever heard his final symphony performed,
but when it was premiered it quickly made a big impression. The
nickname “Jupiter” appears to have come from a critic bowled over by
the powerful chords that open the work.
Bruckner’s road to recognition was far more tortuous. The success of
his previous symphony, gave him the confidence to go where no composer
had gone before, but the first version of his eighth had even his
When the conductor Hermann Levi told Bruckner he couldn’t make sense
of the music, the composer almost had a nervous breakdown. It took him
another three years to revise the score, and another two years before
its first triumphant performance.
“Bruckner’s work is one of the greatest pinnacles of Romanticism,”
Marc Taddei said.
“It is a masterpiece of epic proportion that speaks to the concept of
profundity in music.”
Mozart polished off the Jupiter in a matter of weeks, probably for a
subscription concert to help raise some much needed cash, but there
are no signs of financial stress in the music.
The Eighth cemented Bruckner’s position as one of the great
symphonists in the German tradition, but the music is as rich and
romantic as anything Tchaikovsky might have written, especially in the
beautiful and heartfelt slow movement.
Orchestra Wellington’s Jupiter is at the Michael Fowler Centre on
Saturday May 25th at 7.30pm.
Tickets from Ticketmaster HERE