Not every spiritual journey ends in redemption, but some feel that Bruckner's huge, unfinished Ninth Symphony is all the more powerful for ending in a cry of unanswered longing.
From its towering opening to soul-shaking finish, it is one of music's most personal and passionate confessions of faith and few conductors are better equipped than Jukka-Pekka Saraste to navigate both its vast heavenly spaces and its bottomless chasms of doubt. The glowing autumn colours of Magnus Lindberg's Cello Concerto – performed by the cellist for whom it was written – represent a beacon of hope before Bruckner's long night of the soul.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireMagnus Lindberg: Cello Concerto No.2 (UK premiere)