Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


“… one of the greatest accounts of the work that I have heard. The LPO is on magnificent form throughout. Tennstedt’s love of every note transmits itself to the listener...” BBC Music Magazine, Nov 06

“…one of the greatest accounts of the work that I have heard. The LPO is on magnificent form, the horns especially covering themselves in glory the whole way through… Tennstedt's fervent love of every note transmits itself to the listener.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 *****

“The physical and psychological variables of live music-making can lead musicians to adopt stratagems which are disagreeable and distracting when repeated on record. Tennstedt, curiously, was not such a musician. For all that his performances are vibrant and alive, they tend to be of a piece. There was never anything manufactured or self-conscious about his music-making.
This live Bruckner Fourth is certainly a performance sufficient unto itself. Most conductors worth their fee can make an effect with the glowingly atmospheric first movement and hunting Scherzo. It is quite another thing to be able to make sense of the fallibly drafted finale and trickier still to give the impression that the two outer movements are of a piece, culminating in a coda that truly 'arrives'. Tennstedt achieves all this. As to the inner movements, his tempo for the Andante is unnecessarily broad, though the playing itself is poetic and precise, the climax finely achieved. The Scherzo, by contrast, is rather quick. The horns, led by Nicholas Busch in whose honour the recording is released, retain their composure at this driving pace; the trumpets are inclined to shout.
The Royal Festival Hall was never a good Bruckner venue. The acoustic shows chordal sonority to advantage but tends to be unforgiving in soaring climaxes and sudden fortissimi. For that reason alone, this is not a 'library' Fourth to set beside the classic versions. Not that admirers of Tennstedt, an under-recorded conductor, are going to lose much sleep over such a caveat.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Most conductors worth their fee can make an effect with the glowingly atmospheric first movement and hunting Scherzo. It is quite another thing to be able to make sense of the fallibly drafted finale and trickier still to give the impression that the two outer movements are of a piece, culminating in a coda that truly "arrives", Tennstedt achieves all this.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards 2006

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Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

(1878 version, ed. W Carragan)


Philharmonie Festiva, Gerd Schaller

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

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Gasteig Orchestra Munich, Cristoph Lickleder

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


The Bavarian State Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, with a long and rich tradition. Its origins can be traced back to 1523. The orchestra began playing opera as early as 1653. In 1811, the Musical Academy was founded, the oldest series of symphonic concerts in Munich.

The symphonic sound of the Bavarian State Orchestra has been moulded by this long history and the kind of emotional playing demanded of an opera orchestra. Its uniquely warm and expressive musical style reflects the centuries spent playing the operatic works of Mozart, Wagner, Strauss and many other composers.

The orchestra's conductors have always recognised these special qualities. When Kent Nagano took up the position of Bavarian General Music Director in 2006, one of his main goals was to continue this tradition, while at the same time developing it into the future.

During their years as a team, the Bavarian State Orchestra and Kent Nagano have achieved a perfect synthesis. The emotional intensity and characteristic warm sound of the orchestra have combined with the detailed analytical work and structural clarity provided by its chief conductor to create a unique fusion.

This combination is ideally suited to Bruckner's music. His works demand long lines and a dark, dense tone colour from the orchestra – a sound that the State Orchestra has always possessed, owing in particular to its long involvement with the music of Wagner. At the same time, Kent Nagano brings out the architecture of Bruckner's monumental pieces with skill and intelligence.

And the choice of the rarely played and extremely difficult first versions of the 4th and 8th symphonies sets this publication well apart from the crowd of Bruckner recordings. The recordings collected here are an eloquent testament to seven years of collaboration and their artistic fruits.

The recordings of the 4th and 7th symphonies, which were produced in the Farao Studios, were already issued in 2008/2011 on Sony Classical. The original version of the 8th Symphony is a first release.

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A Musical Journey: Bruckner

A Musical Journey: Bruckner

Symphony No. 4 ‘Romantic’ With scenery and sights of Austria


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 7 in E Major


Christian Thielemann is widely regarded as the leading Brucknerian of our age, and his performances with the Munich Philharmonic, of which he has been music director since 2004, enjoy cult status all over the world.

PICTURE: 16:9

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RUNNING TIME; 156 MINUTES

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This Blu-ray features performances of Bruckner´s two most popular works, the Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7, which he interprets as sublime cathedrals of late Romantic music, impressing his listeners in ways that few other conductors can do.

“Christian Thielemann is the most gifted German conductor." Financial Times

“The overriding impression is of breadth. The movement timings show him to be towards the slower end of the spectrum...At the end of each work there are little nods of approval between the players. Thielemann certainly has them with him rather than against him - they watch him closely. I cannot praise their playing too highly. Incidentally, the violins are divided, giving lots of nice antiphonal affects.” MusicWeb International, 9th September 2013

“There are some thrilling successes - the climaxes of both slow movements in particular” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ***

“Dynamic control is masterly, paragraphs are clearly marked, silences fully exploited, climaxes expertly tiered...Agnes Meth's video direction is excellent. As reportage it is superb, as a piece of visually conceived musical analysis the camerawork outscores even the finest programme essay” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Live recording from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria, 2012


When it comes to shaping a musical event for the ears and the eyes, the monumental majesty of Anton Bruckner’s (1824–1896) symphonies and the exhilarating vibrancy of St. Florian’s monastery in Austria are a perfect match – especially when they are captured on film so thrillingly by such an eminent director as Brian Large.

The Fourth Symphony marks a major milestone in Bruckner’s attempt to establish a symphonic design suitable to sustain his innovative musical thought. Not surprisingly, the score was subjected to extensive revisions. The Fourth, in fact, represents the most convoluted revision history of all his symphonies – and this for a composer for whom variant editions of a work, often involving substantial changes, became the norm. The result is that the identification of the “authentic” final score that should be performed is a matter of ongoing debate for many of his symphonies – in particular the Fourth.

Franz Welser-Möst, the Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra and General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, is an acknowledged Bruckner specialist who has developed a passion for the composer’s Fourth Symphony – called the “Romantic” by its creator – in its infrequently played first edition (1888/89).

The Cleveland Orchestra, called the most European of America’s prestige formations, has been setting new standards in Bruckner interpretation for several years now through the “expertise” of Franz Welser-Möst, who “elicits a grandiose interpretation from his technically unsurpassable ensemble … It was an excellent concert … as anticipated.” (Austria’s leading daily, Die Presse).

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 74 mins

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“there is always plenty to look at in this DVD: Large knows his score and wisely, though not fussily, focuses on particular instruments when they are prominent in the texture...Welser-Möst, with calm control, is a master of the symphony's structural and emotional trajectory.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“There can be no question that the Cleveland Orchestra play superbly throughout and that Welser-Möst is every inch the master interpreter. He directs a very grand view of Bruckner's great work. Special mention must be made of the wonderful viola section, but everyone plays their hearts out such that even the conductor is visibly moved at several points in the finale.” MusicWeb International, 25th July 2013

“Their musicianship is certainly refined: check out the suave phrasing lavished upon the famously naive melody in the third movement's trio. Yet there is robust lustre too...For all that Welser-Most is skilled at grasping long-span structures, the interpretation here - generally cool, calm and collected - is that of an engineer, not a visionary.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ***

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

1878/1880 version by Leopold Nowak


ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Cornelius Meister

The ORF (Austrian Radio & Television) Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra is of world renown, defining itself in the Viennese orchestral tradition.

This symphony (the only one that Bruckner subtitled) reflects an aesthetic attitude to the preservation of art and nature.

“Meister's Romantic is very much a young man's Bruckner, at its best in those passages that move straightforwardly...The sound quality is deep and brilliant in tutti, underlining the organlike fullness of the textures.” MusicWeb International, 17th June 2014

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