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

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 6 in A major


Praising Riccardo Muti’s ‘ability to keep his eye on a point of culmination and to thrust it home with the maximum power, emotional as well as dynamic,’ Gramophone described these interpretations of two magnificent symphonies as ‘above all, Bruckner dramatized, not only with Muti’s dramatic thrust and his fearless pursuit of the widest contrasts, but with his 'vocal' treatment of the great Bruckner melodies, [making] one even imagine the opera that Bruckner might have written’.

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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'

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


“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

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4


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'

(1881 version, ed. R Haas)


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

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


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'

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).

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“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 ***

“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

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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.

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Anton Bruckner, Vol. 1

Anton Bruckner, Vol. 1

1936


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


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