BRUCKNER Symphony No.4 / Böhm


Symphony No.4
»Romantische · Romantic«
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm
Int. Release 03 Feb. 2014
High Fidelity Pure Audio

Track List

Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)
Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major - "Romantic", WAB 104

Version 1878/1880

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Total Playing Time 1:08:10

A high resolution rendering of this classic recording and performance . . . it's a way of hearing some treasured recording and performances in a quality not previously available . . . This performance of the "Bruckner 4th" has always been considered somewhat of a reference for this work, ever since it was released . . . a very deliberate rendering of Bruckner's score . . . The sound of this disc is excellent . . . The sound has analog warmth, and the image of the orchestra is stable across my front speakers . . . if, like many others, you feel the Böhm 4th is definitive on LP or CD, then this is the definitive Böhm recording.

Karl Böhm's Decca recording of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony has no equal. This is one of those special occasions when conducting, orchestral playing, and sound all come together to produce a truly memorable recorded performance . . . given his affinity for Wagner and Richard Strauss, his mastery is hardly surprising . . . He, in fact, expands Bruckner's Fourth to something near the scope and stature of the final three Bruckner symphonies without any sense of being grandiose or overinflated. His interpretation sounds totally correct . . . Much of the success of this recording is directly related to the orchestral execution [of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra] . . . The brass section, critical to any Bruckner symphony, is simply overwhelming. The massive brass climax early in the fourth movement must be heard to be believed . . . There are very few times that you will hear the massed brass of a great orchestra sound so powerful and realistic . . . All of which leads to a simple conclusion: If you have the capability to play Blu-ray audio, get this magnificent recording immediately.