A recent well-known British music magazine sought to expose 50 "unknown" recordings. Its discoveries included the Eugene Ormandy-Philadelphia Orchestra rendition of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4, subtitled "Romantic", among its hidden gems. It is available on a low-priced Sony disk. In his note, the critic included a not too veiled criticism of this recording, saying the Ormandy showed off all the instruments while this one homogenized the affair.
While it was nice to learn someone in England appreciates Ormandy, I can't agree with that assessment, principally because most people that love and understand Bruckner -- including me -- have graded the Bohm-Vienna Philharmonic recording as one of the best Bruckner 4ths in history. This recording has been considered de rigeur for more than 30 years and its new packaging, low price and upgraded sound all enhance that reputation.
The accoldaes bestowed on this rendition have traversed both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In its most recent Bruckner overview, American Record Guide graded Bohm No. 1 in both Symphonies 3 & 4, noting his "unforced naturalness". Gramophone magazine has recommended this recording above all other Bruckner 4s since its 1973 release. This recording continues to be the most Viennese sounding Bruckner "Romantic" symphony available allied with an unerring sense of inevitability that makes it an all-encompassing Bruckner experience.
In England you can buy this as part a two-CD set mated with Bohm's even more outstanding version of Bruckner's Symphony 3, which is sometimes called his "Wagner" symphony because of its use of repeated themes in the brass. I wouldn't want to be without this two-CD set at my house. If you love Bruckner, you shouldn't either. Even if you don't love Bruckner, you shouldn't be without this recording.