Bruckner Symphony No. 4
SIGCD256 | May 2012 release
Continuing Signum’s series of live orchestral releases with the Philharmonia Orchestra, on this disc Christoph von Dohnányi leads a performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No 4, ‘Romantic’.
Bruckner stands out from other 19th-century symphonists; his large-scale works demonstrate a unique fusion of conservative and radical elements, notably influenced by composers such as Wagner and Beethoven. He appended not only the title Romantic but even included a programme for the Fourth Symphony, sometime after composition. Though he later withdrew it, the scenario is a mediaeval Romantic ideal, where knights awaken to the sound of horns, rejoice and repair to prayer, before the inevitable hunt and ensuing festivities.