"... 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 - MusicWeb-International.com - 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 - ClassicalSource.com - 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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