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Bruckner: Symphony no 4 / Inbal, Franfurt Radio SO

Release Date: 05/03/2004 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 4613712   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Original version of the score from 1874. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Fine Original 4th From Inbal, et al. May 20, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "05-21-2014 A conductor should at least LIKE the work he is working with in order to do it justice. In the case of the Bruckner "original" version of the 4th, I don't care at all, really, for the 1st edition of the Scherzo, as I find it dull, repeatative, and tedious. The rest of the work, however, is a splendid version and one I enjoy as much, if not more often, than the final 1880/81 edition. This 1874 features music jetissoned before the 2nd vesion of 1878 and the final, 2 years later, but, thankfully we have rcrdings of this initial set of ideas from the composer, saved for us. And, they are wonderfully realized here, by Eliahu Inbal and the Frankfurt Radio Sym. Orch., recorded in September of 1982 in the roomy Alte Opera House. George Tintner, and I think, Dennis Russell Davies also produced a CD of this 1874 vesion, but although I haevn't heard the later, I may find it hard to beat this Inbal reading since it seems so well done. The FRSO is in their finest form in this Teldec CD and the timpani/brass sections combo is utterly magnificent. I also have these artists doing the Symphonies of Brucner numbers 3, 6, 7, 8 nd 9, all in that "Original" edition and the orchestra sounds just as good in them as in this one. Inbal's leadership is well directed, and inspired with a firm and strong control of tempi, nuance and thematic development. The very opening of the Symphony features music dropped in the 1878 2nd version, that, regardless, makes this first 2:06 or so, run smoother than it already does in the final edition, so why dscard it? In fact, that's the main question, WHY? I don't understand why the composer took out so much creative and highly expressive material from this original reading, since so much of it, while perhaps not "necessary," is, nonetheless beautiful, heroic and exciting music and needs to be heard in it's initial context. Oh, well, I'm grateful we do have this earlier version and that it is so well performed and recorded, better than my previous favorite from George Tintner. There is also a mighty good one from Kent Nagano on Sony that bears a hearing or two, as well. Still, I think you'll come back again and again to this Teldec Inbal 1982 reading for you Original Bruckner 4thsinv=ce it is the bet of the field. Get a copy of it today, and hear for yourself. An excellent release, 5 stars and very high recommendation to boot! God bless you, all and best wishes, Tony." Report Abuse
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