Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (2011)

Bruckner

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink

The epithet ‘Romantic’ is Bruckner’s own, and although they may seem like programmatic wisdom after the event, the charming descriptions he gave to each of the movements of his Fourth Symphony while engaged on his several revisions of the work make quite clear what kind of Romanticism this is. The programme is of mediaeval towns flanked by enchanted woodland, knights and huntsmen, noonday dancing in forest clearings: such is the substance of that amiable early Romantic painter Schinkel rather than his awe-inducing contemporary Caspar David Friedrich (note that the heyday of both artists came nearly half a century before Bruckner began work on the Fourth Symphony in 1874). In other words, the moodier imaginings and the fantastical subjectivity of the artist we think of as the archetypal Romantic are nowhere in sight.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Bernard Haitink

With an international conducting career that has spanned more than five decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of today’s most celebrated conductors. Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010, Bernard Haitink has also held posts as music director of the Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

Bernard Haitink has recorded widely with the Concertgebouw, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording highly acclaimed cycles of Brahms and Beethoven symphonies with the LSO for LSO Live. He was awarded a Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2004 for Janá?ek’s Jenufa with the Royal Opera, and for Best Orchestral Performance of 2008 for Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (2011)

Bruckner

London Symphony Orchestra

    BBC Music Magazine

Haitink’s latest, live Bruckner Fourth is not only the most sumptuously beautiful, it’s also the most satisfying… Few performances capture so well the sense of mystery at the heart of this symphony.

    Audiophile Audition -

I’ve been something of a stickler with preferring Günter Wand’s recordings of the Bruckner symphonies... But I think I’ve found an even better version in Haitink’s No. 4, not to mention the improved sonics and surround.

    Hi-Fi News

His [Haitink's] authority in Bruckner is unquestionable.

    The Lebrecht Report

The LSO brass are ablaze.

    BBC Radio 3, CD Review

It’s absolutely sensational… a really mature reading, by a very mature and a highly experienced and a completely relaxed conductor.

Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (2011)

Bruckner

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Jonathan Stokes
Recording location: Barbican, London
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Symphony No. 4 - Romantic - I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
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Symphony No. 4 - Romantic -II. Andante quasi Allegretto
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