Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic in a loving Bruckner Eighth

Zubin Mehta led the Israel Philharmonic in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony on Wednesday.
Zubin Mehta led the Israel Philharmonic in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony on Wednesday.Oded Antman

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Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, the last one he completed, is an 80-minute pilgrimage through desolation and religious doubt, and an agonized performance can put listeners on the rack. The one Zubin Mehta led the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Wednesday, the lone work on the program in a Celebrity Series concert at Symphony Hall, didn’t exactly storm heaven, but it did move with a Schubertian grace.

The concert began with an unannounced prelude, the national anthems of the United States and Israel. The audience stood, along with those members of the orchestra who could do so while playing.

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