, August 2017
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Thielemann) (Staatskapelle Dresden Edition, Vol. 42) PH16064
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (NTSC) 740808
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (1877 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 740904
Thielemann’s interpretation [of Symphony No. 4], spacious and unaffected, has a commanding strength and inner purpose, and the playing of the Dresden Staatskapelle seems even more cultivated on the video recording. The performance of the Andante in particular conjures a magical landscape of mists and shadows, and Thielemann really knows how to power those extended Brucknerian climaxes in the finale.
The video release of the Third Symphony, Thielemann’s first recording of this work, is similarly impressive.
Thielemann’s approach to tempos is slightly more flexible than in the Fourth Symphony, although his choices are judiciously handled and do not detract from the overall sense of line. The first movement has grandeur and magnificence, essential qualities in this music, while the Adagio is wonderfully moving, especially in the closing moments. The Scherzo has a powerful rhythmic charge, with a superbly characterised Trio, followed by a near-ideal performance of the multifaceted finale. As in the Fourth Symphony, the orchestral playing is in class of its own, superbly balance and exquisitely articulated. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone