With its majestic themes soaring upwards like gothic pillars and
its brilliant chorales and fanfares glowing like stained glass
windows, Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 is the most monumental
of his orchestral works, a cathedral in sound that grows out of
pianissimo murmurs. Coming after the triumphs celebrated by
the composer's Seventh Symphony and Te Deum, the Eight was
considered by Bruckner as the artistic climax of his career.
Cleveland's Severance Hall is the venue for this performance.
This hall, an eclectic yet elegant mix of Art Deco, Art Nouveau,
Classicism, Egyptian Revival and Modernism was inaugurated in
1931 and is still hailed today as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls. The Cleveland Orchestra, founded
in 1918, began its ascent to the upper ranks of the world's ensembles after it moved to Severance Hall in 1931.