© 2006 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 1989 BBC
Recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 14 December 1989
The London Philharmonic Orchestra wishes to thank Laurie Watt for facilitating the release of this recording.
This disc was released in tribute to Nicholas Busch, Principal Horn, London Philharmonic Orchestra 1973–2006.
Total playing time 71:01
Released September 2006

CD: Bruckner – Symphony No. 4

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E flat (Romantic) (Haas edition)

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Nolan leader
Bruckner's Fourth Symphony unfolds and cascades like a mighty ocean. In this stirring performance recorded for broadcast by the BBC in 1989 at the Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's former Principal Conductor Klaus Tennstedt finds extraordinary momentum and depth in Bruckner's powerful orchestral waters, drawing a fervent and impassioned performance from one of the world's great romantic orchestras.
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‘Most conductors worth their fee can make an effect with the flowingly atmospheric first movement and hunting Scherzo. It is quite another thing to be able to make sense of the fallibly drafted finale and trickier still to give the impression that the two outer movements are of a piece, culminating in a coda that truly “arrives”. Tennstedt achieves all this.’
Richard Osborne, Gramophone, November 2006

‘The result is a wondrous journey through the musical landscape of Bruckner’s most easily approachable symphony, culminating in one of the most thrilling final climaxes that you’ll ever hear.’
Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, November 2006

‘One of the greatest accounts of the work that I have heard. The LPO is on magnificent form, the horns especially covering themselves in glory the whole way through, though they are often very exposed. Tennstedt’s fervent love of every note transmits itself to the listener, and when Bruckner does pull things together in the last minutes the effect is sublime.’
Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine, November 2006

‘It’s a performance that balances feeling and sensuous humanity with a sense of transcendent purpose – I’m tempted to call it "intelligent design" – at every stage. Tennstedt also has a refreshing awareness of Bruckner’s humour: that, as much as any sense of larger purpose, helps redeem the finale.’
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, July 2013

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