Notes & Reviews:
Bernard Haitink is internationally renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner and is widely recognized as the world's leading Bruckner conductor. Bruckner's fourth, nicknamed the Romantic, conjures up visions of mediaeval knights, huntsmen and enchanted woodlands, particularly through the prominent use of the horn. One of his most popular pieces, it was treated to many revisions by the composer. This recording features Haitink leading the London Symphony Orchestra in the second version of the 1877/8 Nowak edition (published 1953) with the 1880 Finale.
The finale comes off best, with well-integrated tempi, a patient but impressive initial build-up and very good sound. It's a worthy, well-judged performance but with so much strong competition around (not least from Haitink himself) doesn't quite make the shortlist of top recommendations.
The Dutch maestro takes a less energetic approach to the Bruckner Fourth Symphony than is currently fashionable, but there's a breadth and depth to his live performance with the London Symphony Orchestra that matches the long-limned evolution of the music, and the LSO is in top form.
Classic FM Magazine
The LSO's principal horn here sets down a wonderful opening benchmark for what follows... Haitink's conducting is a masterclass in the art of control while appearing to stand back and let everyone play their best... the whole impressive structure hangs unerringly together... This version easily holds its own with the best.
Recording information: Barbican, London (06/14/2011/06/16/2011).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
- Conductor: Bernard Haitink
- Notes: Barbican, London (06/14/2011/06/16/2011)
- Running Time: 69 min. 6 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1874-1888
- Studio/Live: Live