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Michael Cookson's review of Saraste's Bruckner #8
Posted by Martin Walker on September 14, 2017, 11:03 am
I would like to make a perhaps not insignificant suggestion about Michael Cookson's reference to Hanslick's description of Bruckner's 8th symphony as a “nightmarish hangover style.” What Hanslick wrote was "traumverwirrter Katzenjammerstil". No argument about the hangover, but one may remember Schumann's "Traumes Wirren" (Op.12/7) and consider its breathless haste and confusion - there is no nightmare, in the usual sense of the word. I would therefore translate Hanslick's remark as "dreamily confused hangover style", though I am not fully satisfied with that either. I find Hanslick's appreciation of Schumann rather confusing, actually, considering those elements of the latter's music that seem to pre-echo Mahler at times, if not Bruckner - Hanslick equally disapproved of Mahler and Wolf.
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