Through its performances at its very own Brucknerhaus (also a mainstay of the Bruckner Festival) and throughout Austria and its tours of the music centres of the world the Bruckner Orchester Linz is the symphony orchestra of Upper Austria, and as such a figurehead for the city of Linz and the federal province of Upper Austria.
The constant re-examination of Anton Bruckner's symphonic oeuvre lends the Orchestra a unique position, and yet this message of music is conveyed not just by the Orchestra's name. Under its Principal Conductor the Orchestra has undertaken for instance to record all of Bruckner's symphonies in their original versions by 2007.
Leading conductors and solo instrumentalists have been won over for the concerts of the Bruckner Orchester. They include conductors Franz Welser-Most, Simone Young, Bernhard Klee, Karen Kamensek, Leif Segerstam, Serge Baudo and Hans Graf, to mention but a few, and instrumentalists Rudolf Buchbinder, Thomas Larcher, Maki Namekawa and Franz Vorraber (piano), Eliot Fisk (guitar), Renaud Capucon, Beni Schmid, Christian Altenburger (violin), Yuri Bashmet and Kim Kashkashian (viola).
Heinrich Schiff, first guest conductor of the Bruckner Orchester, can be heard with the Orchestra on a regular basis both as a conductor and a soloist from the 2004/05 season onwards.
The Bruckner Orchester is also justly proud of its move.on orchestra workshop, which has been leading the way in developing workshop-based concerts for children and young people. The Bruckner Orchester, along with the Berlin Philharmonic, was the first orchestra in the German-speaking region to structure its youth work in a separate department based on this model as of December 2001. Each season move.on now reaches some 4,000 children in Upper Austria. The Linz model, embedded in the youth symphony concerts of Upper Austria, the youth activities of the Brucknerhaus and, since 2005, special programme offers throughout the province of Upper Austria, has won international recognition and is featured at conferences as a classic example of youth music work by an orchestra.
"...this is the finest recording of the symphony to date...a veritable revelation...Brucknerians should be pleased to hear these works, especially in these excellent performances." - Fanfare, March/April 1997
"Those who have never heard Franz Schmidt's 4th Symphony should line up at their local record store to buy this new Chesky CD, which presents this wonderful work along with some minor but still enjoyable Bruckner in excellent sound...Chesky is to be congratulated for this most welcome release of an under-recorded masterpiece." - Sensible Sound, Feb-Mar 1997