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

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

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'


This recording was made in Milan on 23rd February 1962.

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

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


Continuing Signum’s series of live orchestral releases with the Philharmonia Orchestra, on this new disc Christoph von Dohnányi leads a performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No.4, 'Romantic'.

Bruckner stands out from other 19th-century symphonists; his large-scale works demonstrate a unique fusion of conservative and radical elements, notably influenced by composers such as Wagner and Beethoven. He appended not only the title ‘Romantic’ but even included a programme for the Fourth Symphony, sometime after composition. Though he later withdrew it, the scenario is a mediaeval Romantic ideal, where knights awaken to the sound of horns, rejoice and repair to prayer, before the inevitable hunt and ensuing festivities.

“By graduating both dynamics and intensity, von Dohnanyi studiously avoids that sense of periodic hiatus less attentive interpreters can often convey. The result is that the performance possesses a compelling feeling of being a singular rather than a disparate organism.” Sunday Times, 13th May 2012

“The Royal Festival Hall perhaps doesn't offer the kind of spacious acoustic most suited to Bruckner's orchestration...Nonetheless, this is a largely enjoyable performance” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ***

“There's much worth celebrating on this excellent new (or newish) recording of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony...Dohnanyi has a convincing take on the way the Fourth's arching phrases function in relation to its rhythmic aspect, so that while the string lines soar, the brass and timpani help focus the score's structural foundations” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

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

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


The Fourth Symphony in E flat major is probably the best loved of all of Bruckner’s symphonies. This live recording made in 2008 in the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg continues the successful Ivor Bolton series. Symphony No.3 (OC722) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

“The quality that energes in all four movements is delicacy. Bolton has clearly achieved a remarkable rapport with the players and I have never heard this orchestra, whether live or on disc, playing better...No doubt many Brucknerians will miss the rich cushion of string sound that you find in more conventional accounts but arguably a performance on this scale comes closer to what the composer himself would have expected.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

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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


Stuttgart SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Carl Schuricht

Recorded in 1955

Archiphon - ARC-2.4

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 32

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 32


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major


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

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


Bernard Haitink is internationally renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner and is widely recognised as the world’s leading Bruckner conductor. Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, ‘Romantic’, conjures up visions of mediaeval knights, huntsmen and enchanted woodland, particularly through the prominent use of the horn in the work. One of his most popular pieces, it was treated to many revisions by the composer and this recording features the second version of the 1877/8 Nowak edition (published 1953) with the 1880 Finale.

Bernard Haitink’s previous recordings with LSO Live include his Grammy Award-nominated Beethoven Symphony cycle, which also received the title of ‘Benchmark’ Beethoven Cycle from BBC Music Magazine. Haitink has also released the complete Brahms Symphonies and Strauss’s ‘Eine Alpensinfonie’ to international acclaim.

“the LSO's principal horn here sets down a wonderful opening benchmark for what follows...Haitink's conducting is a masterclass in the art of control while appearing to stand back and let everyone play their best...the whole impressive structure hangs unerringly together...This version easily holds its own with the best.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 *****

“The Dutch maestro takes a less energetic approach to the Bruckner Fourth Symphony than is currently fashionable, but there’s a breadth and depth to his live performance with the London Symphony Orchestra that matches the long-limned evolution of the music, and the LSO is in top form.” Financial Times, 14th January 2012 ***

“The finale comes off best, with well-integrated tempi, a patient but impressive initial build-up and very good sound. It's a worthy, well-judged performance but with so much strong competition around (not least from Haitink himself) doesn't quite make the shortlist of top recommendations.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“Although one might initially ask what a new recording could possibly add...such questions are immediately answered by the resplendent horn playing of David Pyatt, set against a wonderfully shimmering string background, played truly ppp as marked. Indeed, the horns are magnificent throughout...[Haitink] provides a masterclass in how to achieve a weighty sound without ever allowing the texture to become muddy.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 14th November 2011

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

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


“Although Yannick Nezet-Seguin stresses Romantic warmth of sonority and richness of mood, it's remarkable how textured the orchestral sound is. We don't just hear the leading melodic lines, but also the echoes, imitations and counter-melodies that often get pushed into the background. It's refreshing to hear Bruckner's orchestral writing brought to life on so many levels, captured faithfully by the recording.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ****

“Nezet-Seguin shies away from weighty sound blocks or dense textures; rather, he inflects the musical line according to its expressive place in the overall scheme of things and isn't afraid to dip the tempo at crucial corners, so that we can better appreciate the view...The Scherzo is full of energy, though again it's most lyrical aspects come off best...The Andante is equally successful.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

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Bruckner: Complete Symphonies Volume 1

Bruckner: Complete Symphonies Volume 1


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

last version of 1879/80, WAB 104

Symphony No. 7 in E Major


This CD marks the beginning of a major project called ‘A Different Bruckner’ for Cpo and Mario Venzago as they set out to record the complete Symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Venzago’s approach is to prove that every one of Bruckner’s nine symphonies has its unique message for which the composer always created new musical principles and a constantly changing sound picture. In doing so he is assigning each symphony a specific orchestra of very different size, culture, and tradition. The Basel Symphony Orchestra begins the series with Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7.

Swiss-born Venzago is the Principal Conductor of the Northern Sinfonia and is also conductor laureate of the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

“This installment of a projected complete Bruckner cycle for CPO is interesting in that it displays a markedly individual approach to the music, one where luminous textures and extreme tempo fluctuations are conspicious by their frequency...these particular performances exhibit a thorough understanding of Bruckner and would certainly spur you on to further listening were you to encounter them before any others.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

CPO Mario Venzago Bruckner Symphonies - 7776152

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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’.

Warner Classics Riccardo Muti Edition - 0979622

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