Notes & Reviews:
Continuing Signum's series of live orchestral releases with the Philharmonia Orchestra, on this new disc Christoph von Dohnányi leads a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No.4, Romantic. Bruckner stands out from other 19th-century symphonists; his large-scale works demonstrate a unique fusion of conservative and radical elements, notably influenced by composers such Wagner and Beethoven. He appended not only the title 'Romantic' but even included a programme for the Fourth Symphony, sometime after composition. Though he later withdrew it, the scenario is a mediaeval Romantic ideal, where knights awaken to the sound of horns, rejoice and repair to prayer, before the inevitable hunt and ensuing festivities.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
In any event, this performance is very fine all around, and I cannot find anything to gripe about. The opening string trills are hair-raising. Of course B÷hm is still unexcelled musically, but if you're after the best sound, this is much more than an acceptable substitute.
Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (10/30/2008).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
- Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
- Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1874-88.
- Running Time: 63 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1874-1888
- Studio/Live: Live