Notes and Editorial Reviews
Bruckner's original version of the Fourth symphony is a touch lighter and wilder than the revised work, especially in the first movement. It's also more disjointed, less well integrated, with a totally different and remarkably uninteresting stop-and-start scherzo. Kent Nagano's performance is magnificently played and unerringly paced. The slow movement is particularly beautiful, and he even captures as much character as possible in that rather lame scherzo. My only reservation, and it's a very slight one, concerns the fact that he treats the work with the sort of majestic grandeur more suitable to the later version. In the first movement especially, there's more wildness and a lighter basic texture than Nagano permits, but taken on its own
terms his view is wholly convincing, and the finale is particularly satisfying (no mean feat in Bruckner). The sonics, as usual from this source, are also excellent.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 2008
Venue: Bavarian State Opera, Munich
Length: 74 Minutes 47 Secs.
Original version, composed 1874.
I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell (Urfassung)
II. Andante, quasi Allegretto (Urfassung)
III. Scherzo: Bewegt - Trio: Nicht zu schnell, keinesfalls schleppend (Urfassung)
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (Urfassung)
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