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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, Romantische

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  • Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (24 May 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classical
  • ASIN: B000002RU7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sym No.4 in E flat 'Romantic': I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
  2. Sym No.4 in E flat 'Romantic': II. Andante quasi Allegretto
  3. Sym No.4 in E flat 'Romantic': III. Scherzo (Bewegt)
  4. Sym No.4 in E flat 'Romantic': III. Trio (Nicht zu schnell, keinesfalls schleppend)
  5. Sym No.4 in E flat 'Romantic': IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)

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Required Qty:3, Type:Battery - AAA type, Connector Type:Audio line-in ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) ¦ USB, Included Accessories:Carrying case, Audio Amplifier:Integrated, Speaker Type:Active, Nominal (RMS) Output Power:1.5 Watt, Additional Features:USB powered, Controls:Volume, Frequency Response:150 - 15000 Hz, Speakers Included:Portable speaker - 1.5 Watt - 150 - 15000 Hz - wired

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Wolfgang Sawallisch is in my view under-rated as a conductor of Bruckner. Apart from this EMI disc, I also have his readings of Symphonies 1, 5, 6 & 9 with the Bavarian State Orchestra on Orfeo (they are all very good, while the 6th is excellent - my preferred recording of that work).

This 4th Symphony is gloriously played and recorded, while Sawallisch has that happy knack of not getting "in the way" while setting ideal tempi throughout. Most enjoyable.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x973a38b8) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x96eeb510) out of 5 stars Sawallisch knows his Bruckner 10 Aug. 2004
By Bruce Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
About three years ago, I was able to catch Wolfgang Sawallisch do this very work live in Philadelphia. A friend with me, who had never warmed up to Bruckner, was astonished at the weight, gravity and feeling that bubbled up during the performance. Shortly afterward I bought this CD, and it is a pleasure to write that it captures much of the same energy of that performance.

Sawallisch does very well by Germanic composers such as Richard Strauss, Wagner, and Bruckner. Here he and the orchestra combine some flat-out beautiful playing with an unforced, natural phrasing and feel for the grand Brucknerian climaxes that are everywhere. The Philadelphia brass produces some thrilling moments, such as the horn calls that close the end of the first movement.

As one of Bruckner's most popular symphonies, there are many excellent recordings around, such as Haitink's classic with the Concertgebouw and Muti's surprisingly fine one with the Berlin Philharmonic (both now inexpensive). Abbado's version with the Vienna Philharmonic from the 1990s is an incredibly vibrant and muscular performance, too.

The sound here is excellent, recorded in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park rather than in the Academy of Music, which does musicians no favors with its bone-dry acoustics. I would not hesitate to recommend this, and further, suspect that the composer might have loved Sawallisch's firm but gentle hand.
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HASH(0x96eeb570) out of 5 stars Homage to Wagner 15 Jun. 2003
By Charles Emmett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Knowing that Bruckner was enthralled by the music of Wagner I, somehow, had not realized the musical references in other performances. I have had several recordings of this wonderful symphony over the years and have three currently; Ormandy's, Muti's with the BPO and now this one.
I had to wait over six months to get it but was it ever worth the wait. This is only one of a few recordings that I have ever received that I had goose-bumps throughout the whole recording-the most recent one being Muti and the PHO's reading of Mahler's 1st Symphony. (I got it at ARKIV Music, by the way).
I should hope that Sawallisch, in being the PHO Conductor Laureate can team up to record the balance of the Bruckner Symphonies. If this is a prelude to the rest of his offerings sign me up now.
This could be the most powereful recording of this piece I have ever heard. The orchestra is absolutly magnificent from the first bar to the last. The horns and the brass sections are awesome. The strings so luscious and powerful at the same time, not once being overpowered by the brass, which are mind blowing. The tone in the slow movement is to die for. You feel like you can reach out and feel the warm velvet. You touch its sensuosness and when the proper moment arrives the crescendoes are so powerful yet not overdone. Sawallisch builds up the finale of each movement so wonderfully and the sense of magesty is overwhelming and yet I hear Wagner for the first time. Forest murmers, a picnic during the hunt, and then a kind of march, an inexorable move toward a majestic positive climax.
I recently recieved Ormandy's recording of Bruckner's fifth which is also magnificently interpreted and played.
Thank you, Amazon.com, for not letting me go without my Bruckner.
What a treat. I recommend this in the highest way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980effc0) out of 5 stars organic Bruckner 5 July 2012
By Mahlerophile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's easily forgotten that Bruckner came from a northern Austrian culture. Vienna dominated the music scene which Bruckner was very much a part of. Listening to this calm, autumnal, free flowing rendition of the symphony evokes the Bruckner aesthetic well. Bruckner as it organically should be. The Philadelphians play with much virtuosity and warmth. Wolfgang Sawallisch is always in control and never in a hurry. The EMI engineers have provided a fine stereo stage, wide and deep with full dynamic range. I enjoyed the listening experience. I don't have a favorite recording to recommend in contrast to this one. There are many fine renditions to choose from. This recording uses the later revised 1880 edition of the score. Those looking for a excellent original edition should try Inbal on Teldec. Recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96eeb7f8) out of 5 stars A superb lyrical reading of the "Romantic" Symphony 30 Mar. 2014
By Joseph Kline PhD, MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Wolfgang Sawallisch and his Philadelphians give us a beautiful account of Bruckner's 4th symphony that is more lyrical than powerful or hard-driven. And it works. Sawallisch obviously understands Bruckner. Every composer's music has a personality and like human personalities they are not one-dimensional. Sawallisch leans towards the softer side of Bruckner while not abandoning Bruckner's power completely. There is certainly room for his approach, particularly in a symphony subtitled "Romantic." The tempo for the Andante is slightly on the slow end of the continuum, but it feels appropriate for his interpretation, i.e. it helps partially compensate for his lyricism. Instrument timbres are natural-sounding and the recording is well-balanced.

There is little to criticize about the recording's sonics with the exception that deep base tends to be somewhat muddy. This is unlikely due to my room acoustics as the room is well-treated and muddy bass is never much of a problem. The soundstage is wide with reasonable depth. Aside from the minor bass issue, the recorded sound is just spectacular for a recording 20 years old.

I very much enjoyed this recording and suggest you consider it if you would like an alternative to the heavier, Germanic approaches.
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