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  S 108 051
  Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Enoch zu Guttenberg
  Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E flat major "Romantic"

Orchester der KlangVerwaltung
Enoch zu Guttenberg (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Daland December 2, 2007 (14 of 15 found this review helpful)
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First-class playing from an orchestra that was established only ten years ago. The reason is that it functions like the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Its members are drawn from top ensembles across Germany, including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics. The chief conductor, Enoch zu Guttenberg, brings them together for specific projects, in this case Bruckner's "Romantic" symphony. The liner notes say that it took five years to complete the project.

The result is quite impressive. In contrast to most of his colleagues, Guttenberg uses the third version of the score, which provides for some cuts in the third and fourth movements. This makes comparisons of timings rather pointless. The overall impression is that of an unhurried and richly detailed reading with powerful climaxes. My only caveat is that the conductor finds it difficult to sustain the undercurrent of tension throughout the score. Guttenberg's approach underlines the spiritual dimension of the work, but he also lets fly when this is called for. The closing pages of the first movement left me breathless. The jubilant horn theme filled the whole room, accompanied by thundering timpani strokes. opulent strings and majestic brass. I would also single out the finale of the fourth movement (with a triumphant restatement of the opening theme) for special mention.

Sonically, this multi-channel SACD released by the Farao label also deserves high marks. The centre channel is used to good effect, and the rear channels are also more prominent than, say, in an Exton recording. The dynamics are not as extreme as in some other recordings. The concert took place at Vienna's Musikvereinssaal, known for its excellent acoustics, earlier this year. Although this is a live recording, the audience is hardly noticeable. There is applause at the end, but it does not interfere with the music.

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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"