Bruckner and Mozart in Zagreb
On April 29 and 30, Dimitri Kitaenko is conducting the Zagbreb Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner. The first concert at the Lisinski Concert Hall of the Croatian capital begins with Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto KV 595. The soloist is the German-Korean pianist Christopher Park, who has been chosen as the next season's Rising star by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO). In the second concert the opening work is the Symphony No 41, the so-called Jupiter Symphony. Finally, on both evenings, Maestro Kitaenko conducts Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, a composer whom the conductor wants to pay more attention in future.
Anton Bruckner wrote his 7th symphony between 1881 and 1883. The score is dedicated to the Bavarian king Ludwig II, Wagner's friend and patron. And obviously none other of Bruckner's compositions is so much influenced by Wagner, particularly by the use of the typical Wagner tuba quartet. The news of Wagner's death in Venice reached Bruckner during the work on the 2nd movement of this symphony, which, thus became a real Lamento over the death of the revered composer.