The program started off with John Adams violin concerto with soloist Leila Josefowicz and Wesler-Most as conductor. John Adams himself made an appearance at the end which was delightful.
The Bruckner 7th was played superbly. I thought Simon Rattle's 7th was the best, but Wesler-Most brought out certain nuances that Rattle didn't bring out on his EMI recording. The applause was resounding. I have to say that a good performance of Bruckner 7th crushes Brahms, and I now see why Hanslick and Von Bulow hated Bruckner. Its one thing for Richard Wagner to dominate Opera, thereby leaving the Symphony to the Brahms group, but Bruckner's foray into the Symphony with Wagner's support was akin to Hannibal entering Italy.