Simone Young was the last conductor, and this is my last post to 63 More Days With Bruckner and Me.
Thank you to everyone who spent even a minute reading my blogs.
Thank you to the conductors.
Thank you to the orchestras.
And a very big THANK YOU to Anton Bruckner, a composer who equals Beethoven for being able to touch my soul with his music.
After seven months of listening to Anton Bruckner and his nine major symphonies I am certainly ready to say, “It’s a wrap.”
When all is said and done, I will have spent 207 days and – by conservative estimate – well over 600 hours on this project. And I don’t even want to know how much money I spent buying two dozen Bruckner box sets, each from a different conductor and/or orchestra.
I had additional projects lined up to complete an entire year of listening and blogging. The Complete Recordings of Wilhelm Furtwangler, for example. And Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). And even the complete discography of King Crimson (because, let’s face it: man cannot live by Classical recordings alone).
But this Bruckner project took a lot out of me, and set me back on my book and screenplay projects. So I doubt I will give those other projects the green light at this time. I need a break.
So, tonight I say goodbye to Anton Bruckner and all the conductors and musicians who interpreted his symphonies.
But I’ll never say goodbye to my love for Classical music in general, and Anton Bruckner specifically.
Nor will I part ways with my desire to overdo things.
That, unfortunately, I’m stuck with.
Just call me Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor.
My wife does.