Composer: Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Valéry Gergiev
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Münchner Philharmoniker
Size: 672 MB
Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major ‘Romantic’
01. I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
02. II. Andante, quasi Allegretto
03. III. Scherzo (Bewegt) – Trio (Nicht zu schnell, keinesfalls schleppend)
04. IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)
The first releases from the Munich Philharmonic’s own recording label feature sensational performances of works by two composers with whom the orchestra is synonymous: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.
Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic share an exceptionally close association with the music of Anton Bruckner. The orchestra has made more recordings of Bruckner than any other composer and more recordings of his fourth symphony than any other symphony.
The Fourth Symphony is the only one of his symphonies to which Anton Bruckner assigned a title. By the use of the term Romantic, he was a referring to a medieval world, similar to the settings of many of Wagner’s operas and depicting nature, forests, and birdsong with chivalrous knights on horseback.
The symphony was recorded during performances marking the inauguration of Valery Gergiev as the orchestra’s new Music Director. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.
Valery Gergiev has held many of the top roles in the world of classical music and is one of the most influential conductors of our time. He is General and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where is has lead a renaissance of this historic institution, firmly re-establishing it as one of the world’s leading opera and ballet companies. From 2006 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also enjoyed positions and close relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Pacific Music Festival and World Orchestra for Peace, whose founder Sir Georg Solti nominated him as his successor as Music Director. However, Gergiev’s role with the Munich Philharmonic is his first position with a German orchestra.
Gergiev has a peerless reputation in Russian and French repertoire. He has received acclaim around the world, and recordings with Philips, LSO Live and Mariinsky have won countless awards, especially in the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Debussy. However, over recent decades he has become widely regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting conductors of German repertoire in the world today, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.