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Stockholm Critics Praise Alan Gilbert's Bruckner

Posted April 11, 2014

Alan Gilbert Royal Stockholm Philharmonic 

Music Director Alan Gilbert received the following acclaim from critics after conducting Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 with the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra, April 3 and 5:

“Alan Gilbert is the right person for the difficult task of making Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony a fresh and exciting work for an audience of today. Gilbert has a superb feeling for the small shifts in volume, balance and register, and he squeezes the best out of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Furthermore, he has understood the importance of steady and precise rhythms in [the] piece. ... The very same features that may sound messy and without guidance in some recordings become razor sharp in Gilbert’s reading. The Bruckner Eight is a journey from darkness to light and back again, over and over, as a musical yin and yang symbol. The deep dark and the blinding light are both conveyed clearly thanks to Gilbert and the RSPO.” — Nicholas Ringskog Ferrada-Noli, Dagens Nyheter, April 5, 2014

“[Gilbert’s Bruckner Eight] felt mature and slightly subdued, although with a fresh explosion in the climax of the Adagio. In general, he avoided big effects in favor of attention to details, nuanced dynamics and overall balance. ... [A] most satisfactory interpretation...” — Lars Hedblad, Svenska Dagbladet, April 5, 2014

(Photo: Jan-Olav Wedin)