Mozart, Bruckner and Linz

My wife Vee and I used to go quite regularly to classical concerts but, over the years, we’ve fallen out of the habit. This weekend, however, we were persuaded by our friends Bob and Diana to join them at a concert at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. It was the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons.
The programme consisted of two symphonies with a connection to the Austrian town of Linz. The first was Mozart’s Symphony No 38 which apparently he wrote in just five days while stopping off to give a concert in Linz. The second was Symphony No 4 by Bruckner who spent five years as a choirboy and organist at St Florian which is near Linz.
I confess that I was unfamiliar with either work but it was an excellent evening – the first work mellifluous and the second majestic.

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