Brahms and Bruckner were contemporary, both lived in Vienna and both concentrated on writing absolute music. Unintentionally they became mutual adversaries: Bruckner who made as a ‘New German Wagnerian’ his breakthrough in the symphony genre as claimed by the traditionalists, and Brahms who was celebrated by his supporters as the only legitimate successor to Beethoven. Since 2018 the Belgian National Orchestra has been working on a Bruckner-Brahms cycle with star conductor Hartmut Haenchen. Today on the programme: the Third Symphony of both composers.
Symphony no. 3, op. 90
Symphony no. 3