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An Anton Bruckner convergence in Southern California
An Anton Bruckner convergence in Southern California

In 2011 we will not be celebrating a round-numbered anniversary pertaining to Anton Bruckner (1824-96). The music world will be busy feting Liszt (born 200 years ago) or Gustav Mahler (died 100 years ago). Nevertheless, the schedules in Southern California converge this month and next, giving us a concentrated hearing of two of this formidable Austrian symphonist's best works. This week, Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony tackle his craggy, deeply moving, unfinished final testament, the Ninth Symphony. A week later, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic take on the piece that finally made Bruckner famous in his time — the Seventh Symphony. So let's call this...

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