Notes & Reviews:
Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E flat major ("Romantic") is one of the composer's most popular works. Manfred Honeck and the PSO offer us a fresh and powerful new interpretation of this great music on third release in the "Pittsburgh Live!" series of multi-channel hybrid SACD releases.
The playing is gloriously rich and dramatic.
Recording information: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (12/06/2013-12/08/2013).
Honeck's interpretation is spot on. He brings out all the grandeur of the Bruckner 4. He seems to have this music in his veins.
The orchestra's playing is nearly beyond words. The Pittsburgh has a great brass section, so I expected to be impressed in this repertoire. But the playing surpassed my lofty expectations. And the rest of the orchestra excelled, even by Pittsburgh's own standards. The violins have never sounded better.
The recording is a great match for the performance. It is rich and sumptuous. The dynamic range fully represents the Honeck/Pittsburgh approach. On a good sound system, be prepared to revel in the sound.
Submitted on 02/28/15 by Judd Alfred
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
- Conductor: Manfred Honeck
- Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (12/06/2013-12/08/2013)
- Running Time: 65 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1874-1888