Notes and Editorial Reviews
R E V I E W S
"...the sound of early instruments lends an added pungency to the woodwind and brass sonorities. The French horns are especially distinctive, from the opening solo through the rustic clamor of the Scherzo to the immense brass choruses of the finale. Nor is there any lack of power in those quintessentially Brucknerian string tremolos, despite the use of gut rather than steel strings.
But most gratifying is Mr. Herreweghe's command of Bruckner's rhetoric: the eloquent silences; the ebb and flow not only of musical sentences and paragraphs but of entire chapters. Given the multiplicity of Mr. Herreweghe's enthusiasms, it is hard to know whether the really big Bruckner challenges — the Fifth and Eighth
Symphonies — lie in his future, but on this evidence, there is no reason to doubt that he could meet them. Then on to Berg?" -- James R. Oestreich, NEW YORK TIMES
"Revelations were expected here, given conductor Herreweghe's past outings with Bruckner played in a historically informed manner. That means a smaller sonority, gut strings, and not much vibrato. And revelations are indeed at hand in what will probably be the most important Bruckner recording of the year. Herreweghe's orchestra lacks none of the punch of a conventional one, but the individual sections blend in ways that create a new sound envelope for this symphony. And as more subtle rhythms are allowed to emerge amid the more transparent sonorities, the symphony is much less dour, more full of cheer and light. In effect, the piece goes to further extremes than ever, which makes Bruckner's achievement even more impressive." -- David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1874 - 1886).
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