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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Classic Sound Ltd. Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
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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.
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.
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.
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