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SIG 256

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2008


Philharmonia Orchestra

Christoph von Dohnanyi


Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London


Misha Donat


Jonathan Stokes

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 64:17
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Symphony No. 4, Romantic

1 Bewegt, nicht zu schnell 17:42
2 Andante quasi Allegretto 15:13
3 Scherzo (Bewegt) 10:58
4 Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell) 20:24
 Christoph von Dohnanyi
  30 October 208 (live recording)  

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-scle works demonstrate a unique fusion of conservative and radicl elements, notably influences by composers such as Wagner and Bethoven. He appended not only the title ’Romantic’ but evn 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.

Recent review for SIG 250 (with Christoph von Dohnányi and the Philharmonia orchestra): "... a very sensitive interpreter ... the slow movement [of the First Symphony] is very lyrical with some effective instrumental dovetailing and plenty of light and shade, and the finle genertes an impressive sense of joyous release." - Gramophone magazine

"... this performance is very fine all around ... The opening string trills are hair-raising. Of course Böhm is still inexcelled musically, but if you are after the best sound, this is much more that an acceptable substitute."

John P McKelvey - American Record Guide - January/February 2013

"...this is a sound and reliable performance of Bruckner’s Fourth I don’t for one moment mean to damn it with faint praise. The interpretation is sensible, well thought through and thoroughly musical... it’s a good performance that’s finely played and presented in very good sound."
John Quinn  - - 3 September 2012

        Performance ***      Recording ****

"... a largely enjoyable performance ..."

Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - September 2012

"The audience-filled Royal Festival Hall is not an easy venue for recording ... Signum seems to have conquered the problems, presenting sound of considerable immediacy. The hall is not particularly resonant and often Bruckner is recorded in more-spacious surroundings but in the context of Christoph von Dohnányi’s strongly detailed account the amount of reverberation presented seems just right. In terms of balance the conductor pays much attention to stressing contrasting colours – woodwind detail is captured exceptionally well...Dohnányi is a notable conductor of Bruckner and he seems to have a special sympathy for the ‘Romantic’ Symphony."

Antony Hodgeson - - 1 June 2012

"On this recording, Christoph von Dohnányi and the Philharmonia Orchestra deliver a very fine performance of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony... No matter how many versions of this work you may already posses or have heard, I urge you to hear this - it is first-class in every respect."

Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - July/August 2012

"This is a powerful live account of Bruckner’s Fourth ... the performance possesses a compelling feeling of being a singular rather than a disparate organism. Then there is the sound of the orchestra, opulently warm and satin-like. Von Dohnanyi avoids overplaying both the majestic elements and the religiosity of this music, maintaining the impetus in the opening movement. The finale becomes a vast, thrilling drama of tension and relaxation, as well as struggle and triumph."

Stephen Pettitt - The Sunday Times - 13 May 2012

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