Gottfried Helnwein is an artist of clear statements, uninhibited and idiosyncratic. He confronts us with the dark sides of human nature. Silently but mercilessly he uses the fate of the innocent child to bring before our eyes the human capacity for suffering, making the beholder a passive, and indeed active, accomplice to injury and abuse. Helnwein is one of the world’s best-known and at the.
Masculine, commanding and authoritative, with a grasp of the lengthy structure, this is some of the best Bruckner he has ever done. The big moments are truly gargantuan, where the Berlin Philharmonic really unleashes the storm of sound that they are forced to hide under many other conductors. Karajan is not going to play anything down or try and neuter the orchestra's power. Listen in.