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'


Following the recent release of their recording of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker turn their attention to another great 19th-century German work, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. The recording, taken in concert, is scheduled for release in May 2007 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Berliner Philharmoniker, which was founded in May of 1882.

“…there's always a sense of movement, partly carried by well-shaped long phrasing, and helped by clear rhythmic articulation - a good performance can make you aware how complex and unusual the rhythmic warp and weft of this score is.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****

“There is what I can best describe as a Barbirolli-like quality to Sir Simon Rattle's conducting of the finale of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. …as Rattle's performance proves, a broad pulse works wonders when realised in playing which is as trenchant, stirring and inwardly alive as this.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2007

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

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“... the superlative Böhm who has been hiding his light under a bushel in recent years as a Bruckner conductor. This interpretation is really breathtaking in its unhurried majesty, about as broad as can be from start to finish (slow movement, scherzo and all) since Böhm has the rare gift of being able to sustain the broadest tempi convincingly and majesterially.” Gramophone Magazine

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

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“The pacing of each movement is majestic.
Not too fast in the first movement; a slow, contemplative tread in the second; animated, but capable of opening out into something more leisurely in the Scherzo; varied, but with the sense of an underlying slow pulse in the finale. Wand allows himself some fairly generous rubato from time to time, halting slightly on the high unaccompanied cello phrase in the first movement second subject. From the start there's something about his performance that puts it in a different league from rivals. There's the depth and richness of the string sound in the opening tremolo.
A few seconds later the Berlin Philharmonic's principal horn intones the opening phrases so magically and majestically that it's hard to believe you aren't listening to a real voice – a superhuman larynx, not just a contraption of brass and valves.
The sound is, to some extent, the orchestra's own, but there's a feeling that the players are giving extra for Wand, something with more inner life; and the unaffected eloquence and shapeliness of the phrasing is all Wand. It carries you along even when the rubato ought to jar, as it does sometimes in other versions.
This is a concert performance, and feels like one.
Things that work in concert aren't always ideal solutions on a repeatable commercial recording.
Take Wand's big ritardando at the fleeting reference to Brünnhilde's Magic Sleep motif in the finale – the effect might pall after a couple of playings.
But then he does ease very effectively into the weird pianissimo cello and bass figures that follow, triplet quavers gradually becoming triplet crotchets. The sound quality is excellent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

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Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

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

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With the VPO on top form and Böhm at his most congenial this is a glorious performance of a Bruckner favourite - James Jolly, Gramophone 1000th issue

“Böhm's VPO account of the Fourth Symphony has the unmistakable stamp of greatness. It was made in the Sofiensaal in Vienna with its helpful acoustic; for though you can detect a whisper of tape-hiss if you put your ear against the loudspeaker, in almost every other way the sound is realistic and warm. There's a roundness in the brass tone with plenty of bite and fullness but no unwanted rasp – especially important in this symphony. Böhm's Fourth is at the head of the field irrespective of price. The warmth as well as the mystery of Bruckner are far more compellingly conveyed in Böhm's spacious view than with any other conductor.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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