Marek Janowski / L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

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For this hybrid multichannel SACD of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, "Romantic," Marek Janowski and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande perform the 1878-1880 version in Leopold Nowak's edition, which has been for many decades the version most people have heard and loved. This is an exceptionally brilliant performance in wonderfully clear and deep audiophile sound, and like Janowski's previous release on PentaTone of the Symphony No. 3 in D minor, the reproduction offers rich tone colors and crisp details, thanks to clear separation of parts and the spacious multichannel sound. Perhaps here, more than in any other Bruckner symphony, the separation of parts is critical to appreciate the marvelous effect of the staggered fanfares in the first and third movements, and to understand the echoic effects Bruckner intended. They are here. Beyond those fine points, this is a richly rewarding listening experience for the elegance of Janowski's interpretation and the polished playing of the orchestra, which make this symphony shine with a radiance that few other musicians have achieved. Highly recommended as one of the best releases of 2013.

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