Bruckner’s 4th

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major ‘Romantic’

  • Live recording from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria, 2012

Performed by The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst

Austrian composer Anton Bruckner lived and worked during the time of Mahler. I have always struggled to appreciate Bruckner’s music, although I always felt that he had amazing capabilities as an orchestrator. My favorite composition of his is the Symphony #4.

Here are a few highlights from my Spotify file called “Hank’s Bruckner” that will give you a sense for his music:


This DVD brings us the majesty of Anton Bruckner’s (1824–1896) 4th symphony, and the vibrancy of the St. Florian’s monastery in Austria where this work is performed.

The Fourth Symphony marks a major milestone in Bruckner’s attempts to establish an orchestral design that represents his innovative musical thought. Still, the score was subjected to extensive revisions by the composer.

Franz Welser-Möst, the Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra and General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, is a Bruckner specialist who has developed a passion for the composer’s Fourth Symphony in its infrequently – played first edition (1888/89).

Here is a recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4, performed at St. Florian, Austria, 2012:



And next, here is Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst speaking about Bruckner’s music, in this case the 7th symphony:



Here is another interpreter of the Bruckner 4th: Sergiu Celibidache conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra:


Tags: Anton Bruckner, Symphony #4, Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst

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