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Penguin Guide, January 2009

With excellent playing and recording—as in the rest of the series—Tintner could not be more persuasive; as a welcome bonus he adds the very rare second version of the finale of the Fourth Symphony, which Bruckner entitled Volksfest, ‘Festival of the People’. Strikingly different, particularly at the start, from the 1880 version of that movement, which is generally performed, it is well worth hearing in a fine performance like this, even if it hardly displaces the usual version.

Robert McColley
Fanfare, August 2000

"Here is another, indeed the next-to-last, release in the complete Bruckner Symphony edition conducted by the late Georg Tintner. Again avoiding the extremes of imperial grandeur or deeply religious weightiness, Tintner here brought his talent for fluent, coherent, beautifully balanced playing to music for which it is especially appropriate."

Hi-Fi News & Record Review, July 2000

"How many listeners to the opening movement of this 'Study Symphony' (1863) would guess the identity of the composer? Might it be Berwald or one of his contemporaries? The F-minor Symphony was one of three works written in Linz at the end of a study-course with the cellist/conductor Otto Kitzler, the musician who introduced Bruckner, then 39, to the music of Wagner (specifically Tannhauser). He wasn't impressed at his pupil's efforts, and Bruckner set the score aside, as he did the D-minor No.0. He didn't destroy the manuscripts, so Georg Tintner felt that performance was legitimate; and although he had reservations about some of this score, he admired the scherzo in particular. We tend to think of the ninth symphonies of Schubert and Beethoven as models for Bruckner, but he didn't hear the 'Choral' until 1866; here, one finds echoes of Mendelssohn and Schumann.

"Perhaps surprisingly, Tintner didn't opt to record the original version of the Fourth Symphony but chose instead the Haas Edition with the major revisions of 1878/80. However, as pendant to the cycle we have a finale composed in 1878, a simplified version of the original, whose variants will delight those most familiar with the third and final (iv).

"The performances share the same purposefulness and lack of showiness that marked out other RSNO instalments; Tim Handley's Henry Wood Hall recordings are slightly cleaner and with more sparkle than that of the Third (produced only a few days earlier), reviewed in May."

Terry Barfoot
MusicWeb International, June 2000

"To record the complete Bruckner symphonies is a major undertaking, not to be taken lightly by any of those involved: conductor, orchestra, recording engineers, record company. Therefore it needs to be said at the outset that Naxos has achieved a triumph, nothing less. The only tragedy is that the conductor, Georg Tintner, is no longer alive to witness its full acknowledgement.

"Tintner (born 1917), like so many musicians, fled his native Austria before the Nazi threat and made a worthwhile but largely unnoticed career in Australasia, Canada and, occasionally, Europe. These recordings, dating from 1995-98, brought him a recognition that was long overdue. For Tintner's love and understanding of Bruckner are beyond question. Tempi, phrasing and architecture always feel right, and the structural control of each of the symphonies is never less than assured.

"The rarities include the Symphony no. 00 (1865), sometimes known as the 'Study Symphony', a 'student' work composed before Bruckner found his unique voice and style. This hardly sounds like the genuine article but it receives a fiery and committed performance. Well worth hearing. It is coupled with the Volksfest finale of the Symphony no. 4, pre-dating the final version which is generally heard, and which Tintner recorded in its 'proper' context. Having the additional item makes for fascinating comparisons."

Paul Driver
The Sunday Times, London, May 2000

"The pattern of the later symphonies is set here, emotional slow movement, galumphing scherzo and all. But there are moments of almost Sullivanesque sparkle. Tintner's account is wonderfully cohesive and fresh."

Michael Kennedy
Sunday Telegraph, May 2000

"The late Georg Tintner's splendid Bruckner cycle is nothing if not comprehensive. Here is the Study Symphony in F minor, composed in 1863, which Bruckner later disowned but did not destroy. He was right not to for it is delightful, influenced by Schumann and Mendelssohn. The scherzo is the movement that takes us nearly to the mature Bruckner. Also on the disc is one of the three versions of the finale of the Symphony No. 4 (Romantic). This is the second (1878), know as Volksfest. We usually hear the last (1880) version which differs quite markedly. It is all part of the full discovery of Bruckner to which Tintner made such an important contribution."

Andrew Clarke
The Scotsman, April 2000

"Yet again, Tintner draws superb performances from the RSNO, making this addendum to his landmark cycle more than just a footnote."

David Hurwitz

This recording confirms Tintner’s stature as a Bruckner conductor in as convincing a manner as his recent, astounding recording of the Third Symphony… Tintner’s serious but above all bracing approach to this early work emphasizes its charm and melodic appeal… This is clearly the version of Symphony 00 to own. ©

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