Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth - Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - 1874 Version

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After the tremendous success of the 7th Symphony, François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln continue their Bruckner complete symphonies cycle. The „Romantic“, as Anton Bruckner himself entitles his 4th Symphony, was composed in 1874 in the midst of a period of personal defeat. And he immediately doubted his work, describing some parts as „unplayable“ and finding „the instrumentation here and there overloaded and too turbulent“. It was only years later, after numerous revisions, that the Fourth was premiered and Bruckner achieved the success he had longed for with the public of the time.
In this recording, François-Xavier Roth opts for the original version from 1874 and shows the untamed fantasy of the work and its Romanticism in the sense of a fascinating intellectual period in which poets such as Novalis focused on the nocturnal aspects of reason, and in which art was regarded as essentially unfinished, involved in the process of becoming. Particularly in this first version, Bruckner’s 4th Symphony presents itself as such: as a “neverending approximation”.

BBC Music Magazine * * * *
Roth chooses the Fourth’s lessperformed original version. Missing in action is the famous ‘hunting horn’ Scherzo: its predecessor is less cohesive and exciting. The first movement trades the grandeur of Wand or Böhm for an unexpected impulsiveness

Gramophone Magazine
With their meticulous preparation and superb echt-German horn section, Roth’s Gürzenich Orchestra don’t make light of the difficulties; they simply give us a vibrant and atmospheric rendering of some really rather good provides us with the best-realised, and best-recorded, account of the original version of the Fourth we have yet had.

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth: conductor

1. Symphony No.4 E-flat Major Wab104 I. Allegro
2. Symphony No.4 E-flat Major Wab104 II. Andante Quasi Allegret
3. Symphony No.4 E-flat Major Wab104 III. Sehr Schnell
4. Symphony No.4 E-flat Major Wab104 IV. Allegro Moderato

wydano: 14th Apr 2023



Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - 1874 Version
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