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BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, "Romantic" (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tintner)

Composer(s):Bruckner, Anton
Artist(s) Tintner, Georg, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.554128
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

There are not many versions as fine as Georg Tintner’s on Naxos, at whatever price. With extreme pianissimos magically caught, full of mystery, this is an exceptionally spacious reading, deeply reflective and poetic, which brings out the Schubertian qualities in Bruckner, sweet and songful as well as dramatic. The playing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is as refined as the recording with subtly terraced dynamics beautifully clear.

Review By Michael Kennedy (CDs of the Year),The Daily Telegraph (Australia),

"Not just this disc but all the discs so far released in the late Georg Tintner's memorable Bruckner symphony cycle for Naxos. His death makes his performance of No 9 especially poignant, but I have chosen this No 4 because he uses the substitute finale from the Haas edition of the 1878-80 version and opts for Bruckner's scoring of the trio of the scherzo with oboe (instead of flute) and clarinet. It is typical of the care and scholarship which Tintner brought to his work, musicology dominated at all times by musicianship. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays like the Vienna Philharmonic for him."

Review By Edward Dorall,New Straits Times (Malaysia),October 2001

"For the most popular of the symphonies, the Fourth, Tintner, conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, rightly chooses the third and best version of 1880, with the original 1874 first and second movements vastly improved, a new Scherzo (these already in the second version of 1877/78), and now a new epic Finale, for Tintner 'the crowning glory of this wonderful symphony.'



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