Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Double Album)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

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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 colorful, 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 splendor: 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.

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle – Conductor

Tracklist

1.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Version 1878-81, Cohrs A04B) - I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell (1881)"
17:37
2.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Version 1878-81, Cohrs A04B) - II. Andante quasi Allegretto (1881)"
15:23
3.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Version 1878-81, Cohrs A04B) - III. Scherzo. Bewegt - Trio. Nicht zu
10:53
4.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Version 1878-81, Cohrs A04B) - IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schn
17:39
5.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Cohrs A04B) - Scherzo. Sehr schnell - Trio. Im gleichen Tempo - Scher
11:55
6.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Cohrs A04B) - Finale ('Volksfest'). Allegro moderato (1878, Cohrs A04
15:48
7.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Cohrs A04B) - Andante quasi Allegretto (1878, extended initial versio
16:37
8.
"Symphony No. 4, ""Romantic"" (Cohrs A04B) - Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (1881, unabridged
20:45

Total time: 02:06:37

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LSO0875

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Jonathan Stokes

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Andrew Cornall

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Neil Hutchinson

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Recorded Live at Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke's, London on October 5, 2021

Release Date September 16, 2022

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