Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Spanish premiere of Bruckner’s ‘Linz Symphony’ with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid

Following his successful debut conducting Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Bruckner’s First and Second Symphony in concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, on February 6. This performance marks the Spanish premiere of the new critical edition of Bruckner’s ‘Linz version’, or Linzer Fassung, of his First Symphony – a new edition that is as close as possible to the historic first performance in 1868.

“The launch of the New Anton Bruckner Complete Edition offered the opportunity to get as close as possible via the music text to the historic first performance of the “Linz Symphony”. The result is based on the reproduction of the 1868 performing version as it survives in the individual parts. The new edition attempts (as with further planned volumes) to satisfy current requirements for a historical-critical edition by establishing an authoritative music text and providing detailed information and the history of the work’s composition.” (takte)

The ‘Linz version’, edited by Thomas Röder for the Musikwissenschaftliche Verlag Wien, has already been performed by some distinguished conductors such as Cornelius Meister, Dennis Russel Davis and Christian Thielemann. Completing the program is Bruckner’s Symphony of Pauses, a work for which Wagner, an idol for Bruckner, bestowed his approval. More information and tickets are available via the OSM website.

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho