Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major - II. Adagio - ehr feierlich und sehr langsam (Very solemnly and very slowly) C-sharp minor.
Anton Bruckner was a late romantic Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. His symphonies are the most well-known of his works because they helped create the path of the late romantic style. His symphonies were extremely long and filled with rich harmonies including lots of polyphony, unprepared modulations and radical dissonances.
This is the second movement of his seventh symphony written between 1881-3 and revised in 1885. The premiere brought the most success Bruckner would experience in his life. Sometimes this symphony is called the “Lyric”.
According to Frederic Spotts’ Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics, Adolf Hitler compared this symphony with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. When he consecrated a bust of Bruckner at Regensburg’s Walhalla temple in 1937, this movement was played as Hitler stood in quiet admiration. (Personal note: I think this proves music-especially beautifully composed symphonies-can affect any soul… good or bad.)
Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Karl Boehm in September 1976