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Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, February 2017

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” (Thielemann) (NTSC) 732508
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” (Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 732604

The principal advantage of [this] new version is the playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden, which is even finer than that of the Munich Philharmonic on the 2008 recording. This is particularly apparent in the Andante, a movement that can drag in lesser performances but which is here hauntingly atmospheric. Thielemann keeps a firm grip on dynamic levels—ppp really means ppp—and the hushed playing is exquisitely rendered. The depth of sonority of horns, trombones and pizzicato double basses at 32’26” is just one of many outstanding moments, and the Scherzo’s brief Trio, delicately shaded and imbued with pastoral warmth, is similarly memorable. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lark Reviews, January 2017

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” (Thielemann) (NTSC) 732508
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6 (Thielemann) (NTSC) 738208

This is an interesting release from a historic angle—recreating the sound world of a bygone age combining the sounds of an 1826 fortepiano with guitar. This is one of the last recordings to be made at Finchcocks, now sadly no more. The programme is varied, including compositions by Mauro Giulani and Ferdinando Carulli amongst others. The duo work well together and in fine solo performances. © 2017 Lark Reviews Read complete review

James Lockhart
Fulvue Drive-in, December 2016

If you’re a fan of classical composer Anton Bruckner, then you won’t want to miss this beautiful performance of Symphony No. 4 “Romantic” in as far as the Bruckner cycle is concerned, one of his more noted works. The great Christian Thielemann joins the Staatskapelle Dresden for this 75-minutes-long program issued by Unitel.

…a must for classical fans! © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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