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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 'Romantic’
‘Zubin Mehta: The Decca Years’ has celebrated Mehta’s wide-ranging Decca recordings. Re-released by popular demand is Mehta’s recording of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, the ‘Romantic’ (in the Nowak edition of 1878–80) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, coupled with an early Vienna Philharmonic recording of the Prelude to the first act of Wagner’s Meistersinger.
“The Decca engineers have now certainly got the measure of Royce Hall, Los Angeles, with rich reverberation wrapping round the bald Brucknerian textures […] I have never before known this music sound so like Wagner. […] In all four movements Mehta with his suave style is a degree more extrovert [than the versions by Kertesz and Haitink]” Gramophone Magazine, April 1971 (Bruckner)
Scheduled for release on 5 August 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
“Barenboim’s new cycle takes its place alongside his two previous versions as a significant addition to the Bruckner discography” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'
This is the fourth volume of the on-going recording project of Bruckner’s complete Symphonies by Paavo Järvi and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 has a nickname of “Romantic”, and has been one of the most popular symphonies among Bruckner’s entire orchestral works. As so often in Bruckner’s case, the Symphony No. 4 metamorphosed over a period of many years and in the end comprised several versions. However, the Fourth Symphony was especially tortuous. Today, the second version of 1878–80 has become the most prevalent in performance, and Paavo Järvi also uses this version, with a few modifications based on the first print. Recorded live in Alte Oper in Frankfurt and edited from multiple performances, this new recording presents fresh view on Bruckner’s masterpiece by Paavo Järvi. Grammy award winning Paavo Järvi is now in his fifth season as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and this January conducts the opening concerts of the new Philharmonie de Paris, where the orchestra will be the main resident ensemble.
“In the CD booklet, Järvi explains that he perceives the symphony as being lighter and sunnier than its companions and seeks to avoid the traditional monumental approach to Bruckner interpretation. The result involves slightly faster tempi than usual in the first two movements but also a convincing sense of power and depth.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'
Anton Bruckner's Symphony no.4 in E-flat major ('Romantic') is one of the composer's most popular works. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offer us a fresh and powerful new interpretation of this great music.
This release is the third in the highly acclaimed 'Pittsburgh Live!' series of multi-channel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! series from Reference Recordings.
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. It has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. Past conductors include the legendary names of Reiner, Steinberg, Previn, and Maazel. This tradition was furthered in the autumn of 2008, when celebrated Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music director of the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra.
The PSO is critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras and has completed more than 36 international tours, including 20 european tours, eight trips to the far east, and two to south america. The Pso was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican, in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s silver Jubilee celebration.
This release and the entire 'Pittsburgh Live!' series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received over 70 Grammy nominations and awards!
“the sleek, sweetly yielding strings of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its characteristically full-throttle brass section [offer] playing that calls to mind the halcyon days of William Steinberg's directorship…sheer magnificence is never in question.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
“With the Pittsburgh Orchestra giving such a penetrating reading under the inspirational Honeck, Bruckner’s music is remarkably well served.” MusicWeb International, March 2015
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