For the performance, soprano Melody Moore, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, tenor Nicky Spence and bass Raymond Aceto, who took on the solo roles, stood on the first row of choir risers. Spence carried the majority of the solo duties. His voice has a dark intensity that blended well with the rest of the soloists during a cappella passages. In the end, integrating the guest artists with the chorus instead of placing them in front of the chorus gave the piece a more unified sound.
Shaping a program that consists solely of two Bruckner pieces is somewhat of a risk — listeners are either intensely devoted to the composer’s music or absolutely hate it — but with masterful playing and singing, the concert came across as an explosive piece of music-making that could easily be admired more for its component parts — a woozy, thrilling violin tutti here, a sublime tenor solo there — than the works as complete units.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Jan. 19. Additional performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 21. $20-$59. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000,