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'


Bruckner wrote several versions of this symphony and this one, now regarded as the original version, was first performed in 1881. In 2009 Sylvain Cambreling was named “Conductor of the Year” (ECHO Klassik awards).

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István Kertész

István Kertész


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 13 March 1964

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 15 February 1966


Hungarian conductor István Kertész (1929-1973) succeeded Pierre Monteux as Music Director of the LSO (1965-1968) and established a major reputation with the orchestra with many fine commercial studio recordings, the complete Dvorak Symphonies for Decca, being once such example.

The live stereo performance of the Bruckner's Symphony No.4 on 13 March 1964 first appeared on BBC Radio Classics in 1995 with no fill-up. BBC Legends have completely remastered the sound of the Bruckner from the original master tapes. It should be noted that Kertész was a life long admirer of Bruno Walter whose performances of Bruckner influenced his interpretation of the Austrian composer.

BBC Legends have also added Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis which Kertész never recorded. It is also in stereo dating from 1966.

Kertész's previous recording on BBC Legends of Schumann Symphony No.1 & Brahms Symphony No. 2 (BBCL42292) has been a best seller and a suitable reminder of a great artist who died tragically in his prime.

“There can have been few finer live performances of the Fourth on record than this. Kertész's role model for the Fourth Symphony was Bruno Walter who, like Klemperer, played this most vital yet at the same time lyrical of Bruckner symphonies with a judicious mixture of pace and relaxation. The playing is superb, as is the recording which, this being the Royal Festival Hall, I can only ascribe to a vintage blend of fine playing, astute conducting and alpha-quality old-school BBC engineering. The microphones are set further back for the Vaughan Williams, giving bloom and perspective to a performance of some grandeur and eloquence.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

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Bruckner - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Bruckner - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 7, 8 February 2007 and 28 August 2008 (Bruckner 3), 17, 18, 19 and 21 September 2008 (Bruckner 4)


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

version 1889 / edition Nowak 1959

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

version 1878-80 / edition Nowak 1953


Ever since the tenure of its chief conductor Eduard van Beinum (1945-59), the Concertgebouw Orchestra has cherished one of the greatest Bruckner symphonic traditions in the world. Mariss Jansons continues this performance tradition and under his baton, Bruckner has a warm, beating heart: his rhythms are not simply played, they are, above all, experienced.With this release of Bruckner's Third and Fourth Symphonies, Jansons and his Amsterdam-based orchestra add a new chapter to the RCO's impressive performance and recording history of Bruckner's works.

CONCERT REVIEWS:

"That same sense of having found exactly the right pulse rate for the music was there from the start of the Bruckner too…chording was compact, timbres lean yet ripe, and rhythms rigorous and highly charged, particularly in the exuberance of the Concertgebouw's burnished brass. The orchestra's lustrous strings sang as one, bringing light and air to an adagio that can too often become suffocating. Jansons, typically, understood and felt not only every nerve within the score, but also exploited and made very much his own every second of his orchestra's own Bruckner heritage." The Times

"The World's Greatest Orchestra" Gramophone December 2008

“…excellent sound, and… magnificent playing from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra…” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ***

“Listening to these performances, I was reminded of Karajan's remark about the great Czech conductor Václav Talich: "He had a great genius for… drawing the orchestra together and controlling it as a single expressive instrument." In these powerfully articulated accounts of Bruckner's Third and Fourth symphonies, Mariss Jansons exhibits that very quality.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

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

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

Nowak edition


Taken from the original Denon recordings, this disc is released for the first time in many years at a great price. ‘The performance has a certain ardour and conviction that impress………. The sumptuous tone produced by the Dresden orchestra is a joy in itself’. Penguin Guide

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

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First Version 1874


Radio Symphony Orchestra Suttgart, Roger Norrington

This recording of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony uses the composer’s 1874 version as its basis. While in preparation for his performance, Norrington had access to many materials not previously available and this is believed to be the first true performance to represent the composer’s original intentions.

“The orchestral playing is dynamic and bracing. Had Wagner’s Siegfried been blessed with a brain, his journey might have sounded like this.” The Independent on Sunday, 22nd February 2009

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

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

Original Version


Hamburg Philharmonic, Simone Young

Simone Young has taken the musical world by surprise with her intense and passionate readings of Bruckner’s symphonies No’s. 2 & 3. Her partnership with the Hamburg Philharmonic is leading to what is surely one of the great Bruckner recording projects of recent years. This recording of Bruckner’s symphony No. 4 promises to be as superb as the two previous releases.

“…Simone Young is so persuasive that you may end up feeling the Bruckner was nearer the mark in 1874 that most of us had guessed.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2008 ****

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

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Klangverwaltung Orchestra, Enoch zu Guttenberg

“The two opening movements are reasonably well directed, after which there is a suitably electric account of the hunting Scherzo followed by a genuinely daring and creative reading of the finale.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

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

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

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Otto Klemperer conducts Bruckner & Strauss

Otto Klemperer conducts Bruckner & Strauss


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20


Recording: Saal 1, Funkhaus, WDR Cologne 5 April 1954 (Bruckner) & 27 February 1956 (Strauss)

“This performance of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony… is by far his finest: dynamic, intense, concentrated, and with his hallmark grasp of structure. It's followed by a fiery account of Richard Strauss's Don Juan. This is quite marvellous music making.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 *****

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