Notes & Reviews:
Vänskä shows that Bruckner's last thoughts on his most popular symphony deserve to be heard...The performance has a sense of missionary zeal about it, too - predominantly swift tempi, fiercely worked climaxes and a real dramatic charge, all underpinned by exceptional orchestral playing.
High-definition ensemble and well-sprung tempi...strike a balance between tradition and a modern spring-clean...There is nothing remotely ponderous about this performance - the emphasis is on spring-coil energy...Vänskä's dynamism [is] effective on its own terms, and his mid-Western orchestra responds to his will with flawless spirit.
Everything sounds natural and mellifluous...Vänskä's inspired and caring direction makes everything plausible; and the Minnesota musicians respond with that taut, fresh attack and lyrical glow familiar from their exciting Beethoven symphony cycle.
The performance is vintage Vänskä: lean, lithe, emotionally engaged, meticulously prepared.
BBC Music Magazine
Even if you decide against this score in the end, this finely recorded, authoritative performance will make the process all the more enjoyable.
International Record Review
Vänskä's rhythmic incisiveness and his rendering the music's formal evolution in terms of dovetailed blocks rather than rolling paragraphs is appropriate for the continuity pursued here.
Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (01/2009).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 4 in E flat major ("Romantic"), WAB 104
- Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
- Notes: Composition written: 1874-88.
- Running Time: 63 min. 20 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1874-1888