Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic' - DVD video

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic', by Anton Bruckner (1824-96) on DVD video. Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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A Musical Journey: Bruckner

A Musical Journey: Bruckner

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


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


DVD Video

Region: 0

Naxos Musical Journeys - 2110334

(DVD Video)

$11.25

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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).

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 74 mins

FSK: 0

“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

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 101682

(DVD Video)

$27.50

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Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies (Symphony No. 4)

Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies (Symphony No. 4)


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

1878/1880 Version


Recorded live at Philharmonie Berlin on 20 June 2010.

Daniel Barenboim is an expert in exploiting the impact of cyclical performances of composers’ works: In this series he focuses his sharp intellect on all six of Anton Bruckner’s mature symphonies. Der Tagesspiegel described Barenboim's performance of the works with the Staatskapelle Berlin on six nearly consecutive evenings in June 2010 as a “superhuman” accomplishment and went on to praise how: “His Bruckner is conceived and performed very theatrically, like an opera without words.”

Bruckner’s famous “Romantic” Symphony No. 4 forms the prelude to a spectacular DVD series from Accentus Music and Unitel Classica, exploring Bruckner’s symphonic cosmos.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 69:36 min

Disc Format DVD: DVD-9

FSK: 0

“a reading entirely without frills or artificial drama: as well as its innate Romanticism Barenboim allows the underlying elemental nature of the music to emerge, and at times seems almost to let it play itself. He himself seems to radiate an inner stillness out of which the Symphony can grow...A moving and deeply satisfying performance to watch.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“[Barenboim is] theatrical rather than devotional...The chief glory of the evening is surely the mellow thunderousness of an orchestra that has come into its own with Barenboim at the helm, as much a standard-bearer for older Austro-German norms as the maestro himself...String tone is dark and full, woodwind timbre strong, The horns, so important in this score, are on excellent form.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“I found Barenboim’s conducting extraordinarily convincing. He moulds phrases with great care, though never obsessively, still less in any narcissistic way. Instead, what comes through in the way he shapes the music is his determination to present it in the best possible light...The camera-work on this DVD is conventional in the best sense in that the director presents a straightforward film of the concert” MusicWeb International, 18th April 2013

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DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

Accentus Music Bruckner The Mature Symphonies - ACC20217

(DVD Video)

$27.50

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

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

Live Recording from The Herkulessaal In Munich, 1983


The Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1912-96) was one of the most adamant personalities in the music world. He rehearsed three times as much as other conductors and avoided making recordings because he believed they were a false representation his musical intentions. This concert from the Herkulessaal in Munich captures one of the rare occasions on which he consented to a recording being made. He conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Anton Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 4 in E flat major.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Interview with Sergiu Celibidache about conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, D D 5.1

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Languages (bonus): FR (Original Version), GB, DE

Running Time: 82 mins + 40 mins (bonus)

FSK: 0

“Firm architecture, steadfast belief, sober conducting, no added rhetoric: these are the star qualities in Sergiu Celibidache's Bruckner” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 101645

(DVD Video)

$27.50

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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


Christian Thielemann is widely regarded as the leading Brucknerian of our age, and his performances with the Munich Philharmonic, of which he has been music director since 2004, enjoy cult status all over the world. This DVD features a world première of Bruckner´s two most popular works, the Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7, which he interprets as sublime cathedrals of late Romantic music, impressing his listeners in ways that few other conductors can do.

Video director Agnes Méth

First on DVD: Thielemann´s fantastic performances of Bruckner´s two most popular works.

Thielemann is a maestro internationally known and admired above all as a specialist of Romantic music and a highly acclaimed Bayreuth Wagner Ring conductor.

“Under Christian Thielemann's guidance, the Munich Philharmonic sounds terrific.” New York Times 2007

“Christian Thielemann is the most gifted German conductor." Financial Times

Running Time 145 minutes

Picture 16:9, color

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Packaging NTSC: Amaray 1 DVD

Booklet English, German, French

“There are some thrilling successes - the climaxes of both slow movements in particular” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 ***

“Dynamic control is masterly, paragraphs are clearly marked, silences fully exploited, climaxes expertly tiered...Agnes Meth's video direction is excellent. As reportage it is superb, as a piece of visually conceived musical analysis the camerawork outscores even the finest programme essay.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

“The overriding impression is of breadth. The movement timings show him to be towards the slower end of the spectrum...At the end of each work there are little nods of approval between the players. Thielemann certainly has them with him rather than against him - they watch him closely. I cannot praise their playing too highly. Incidentally, the violins are divided, giving lots of nice antiphonal affects.” MusicWeb International, 9th September 2013

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

C Major - 701908

(DVD Video)

$31.50

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Günter Wand conducts Bruckner & Beethoven

Günter Wand conducts Bruckner & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


Few conductors have made a greater contribution to our present day understanding of Bruckner than Günter Wand (1912-2002). His readings of the composer‘s symphonies invariably concentrated on their texture and hence, their spirit. During the great final phase of his career, documented here, Wand devoted himself increasingly to Bruckner‘s works and his interpretations became more and more free, revealing both heartfelt emotion and musical intelligence. He developed trademark fidelity towards Bruckner, which led to insightful readings of his works. Wherever possible Wand returned to the versions representing most clearly the composer‘s intentions - be it the „urtext“ or scrupulously restored versions.

In the television recording of Bruckner’s popular Symphony No.4, Günter Wand and his inimitable style of conducting are brought back to life in a particularly impressive way. The films of his concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, from 1987 onwards, can truly be regarded as Günter Wand‘s legacy to the NDR Sinfonieorchester, „his“ orchestra for almost 20 years, on which he has left a mark like no other.

Sound Format: PCM STEREO

DVD Format: DVD 5, NTSC

Picture Format: 4:3

FSK: 0

Running Time: 87 mins

“an ideal performance by an orchestra and conductor who love every note” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 107121

(DVD Video)

$27.50

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A Naxos Musical Journey - Bruckner

A Naxos Musical Journey - Bruckner


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunter Neuhold

This program takes you on a breathtaking tour of Bruckner's homeland of Austria. From quaint remote villages to the commanding opulence of great palaces; from the spiritual beauty of the great Monastery of St. Florian to castles perched above stunning landscapes. Bruckner's masterful symphony evokes the natural wonder of Austria and the rich musical legacy that echoes to this day.

DVD Video

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Format: PAL

Naxos Musical Journeys - DVDI1008

(DVD Video)

$13.75

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Celibidache conducts Bruckner

Celibidache conducts Bruckner

Symphonies Nos. 6 - 8 and 4


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 6 in A major

recorded in Munich in 1991

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

recorded in Tokyo in 1990

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

recorded in Tokyo in 1990

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

(bonus CDs; recorded in Vienna in 1989)


3 DVDs and 2 bonus CDs

Picture format: 16:9

Playing time: 4hrs 13mins (DVDs); 1hr 24mins (CDs)

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Sony - 88691952709

(DVD Video - 3 discs)

$45.50

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