Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major (WAB 107) is one of his best-known symphonies and rightly so. It was written between 1881 and 1883 and as revised 1885. It is dedicated to Ludwig II of Bavaria. The premiere, given under Arthur Nikisch in the opera house at Leipzig in 1884 brought Bruckner the greatest success he had known in his lifetime.
His symphonies are often considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, complex polyphony, and considerable length.
Bruckner the man, a devout Catholic, was a church organist, conversatory instructor and ever-revising composer.
Here is Mariss Jansons conducting a segment of the opening Allegro moderato in E major. Enjoy particularly the beginning tremolo strings and the cellos as they present a complete, seemingly divinely given melodic whole.
On a personal note, this is one of my favorite moments/passages in the entire symphonic repertoire.