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

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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

“it is right up there with the very best versions of the past. Jansons seems to have an innate ability to get just the right tempos - where nothing hurries but neither does it drag – so important in Bruckner where the phrases go on for such a long time as passages gradually build and then decline. The balance is superb, the brass sound is rich rather than cutting and the strings sing lustrously throughout.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 24th August 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: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 7 in E Major


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

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

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'

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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'

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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