Howdy-- I'm a fan of most classical music, own a couple hundred CDs and multiple versions of big stuff like LvB's symphonies. I can appreciate pretty much all composers, EXCEPT BRUCKNER. Not only can I not get into his symphonies, I can't understand why anyone would even listen to him, let alone proclaim him a musical genius.
That said, I didn't used to like beer or stinky cheese, either, and now I can't get enough of those.
Brucknerites, what am I missing??? I have a Karajan Bruckner box. What's the best symphony to start with, and do you have any tips on approaching/appreciating it?