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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 – LSO Live

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

  • Release date: 16 September 2022
    LSO0875 | 0822231187523

    2 SACD Hybrid discs in jewel case
    Booklet in English, French & German
    SACD incl. stereo | multi-channel 5.1

    Bruckner's Symphony No 4 in E-flat Major (Cohrs A04B), and its discarded Scherzo and Finale (Cohrs A04B–1 & 2), is performed in the Urtext Edition by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, published by Alexander Hermann Publishing Group, Vienna 2021. This is the world premiere recording.

    Producer: Andrew Cornall
    Engineers: Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded live in DSD 256fs, October 2021, in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke's, London

  • ★★★★★
    – Midlands Classical Music Making

    ‘From the mist-hued horn-call opening of the first movement to its majestic tutti recapitulation on the closing bars of the Finale, the symphony is treated with devotion and craft, giving rise to an unforgettable sonic experience. Perhaps the finest orchestral disc of 2022, the LSO Live recording is one to be cherished far and wide.’
    – AIM Adventures in Music

    ‘His performance, a combination of magisterial grandeur and thrusting dynamism, is fully realized by a committed LSO in superlative form.’
    Performance ★★★★ ½ Sonics ★★★★ ½
    – HR Audio.net

    ‘The playing here has a refinement and grace that any of today’s leading German orchestras would be hard-pressed to match.’
    – Gramophone


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Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra

The air shimmers and glows, and somewhere in the mists, a solitary horn gives a lonely call. The stuff of fairytales? The truth is, it’s impossible to write about Bruckner’s majestic Fourth Symphony without letting the imagination soar; he never wrote anything more colourful, or more poetic. In Germany, they call it the ‘Romantic’ symphony, and it’s easy to hear why.
Sir Simon Rattle loves Bruckner’s Fourth, and on this new recording from LSO Live, he conducts the work in all its splendour: music that never gets any less stirring, and has never sounded so fresh. He is aware, too, that Bruckner’s inspiration burned so brightly that he ended up with more ideas than he could actually use. “There is much wonderful music which remains almost entirely unplayed” he says. On this album he steps inside Bruckner’s workshop, bringing to light some of the music that didn’t make the final cut.
This edition of the symphony and its discarded Scherzo and Finale by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs was published in 2021. The world premiere performance with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO is a must-listen for lovers of Bruckner’s music, and gives us a glimpse into the composer’s untold musical thoughts.

Composer   Bruckner
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle
Performer   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list

Disc 1

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, ‘Romantic’
(Version 1878–81; Cohrs A04B)

1. Bewegt; nicht zu schnell (1881)
2. Andante quasi Allegretto (1881)
3. Scherzo. Bewegt – Trio. Nicht zu schnell. Keinesfalls schleppend – Scherzo da capo (1881)
4. Finale. Bewegt; doch nicht zu schnell (1881; abridged)

Disc 2

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, ‘Romantic’
(Cohrs A04B)

1. [Discarded] Scherzo. Sehr schnell – Trio. Im gleichen Tempo – Scherzo da capo (1874/rev. 1876; Cohrs A04B–1)
2. [Discarded] Finale (‘Volksfest’). Allegro moderato (1878; Cohrs A04B–2)
3. Andante quasi Allegretto (1878; extended initial version)
4. Finale. Bewegt; doch nicht zu schnell (1881; unabridged)

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