Symphony No. 4 Archive
Van Beinum conducts MAHLER = Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Symphony No. 4 in G Major; Das Lied von der Erde – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam/ Eduard van Beinum – Pristine Audio
Eduard van Beinum’s commercial recordings of Mahler will repay the advocates of this music many times over. Van Beinum conducts MAHLER = Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2 performances); Symphony No. 4 in G Major; Das Lied von der Erde – Eugenia Zareska, contralto/ London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Margaret Ritchie, soprano/ Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam/ Nan Merriman, […]
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 – Leningrad Philharmonic Orch./ Yevgeny Mravinsky (1955) – Praga Digitals
Two Mravinsky performances from the Prague Spring 1955, of which the Shostakovich seems “definitive.” BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 in e minor, Op. 93 – Leningrad Philharmonic Orch./ Yevgeny Mravinsky (1955) – Praga Digitals PRD 350 115, 79:28 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: Praga Digitals restores two […]
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4, Hungarian Dances 11, 3, 7 and Instr. Folk Music – Budapest Festival Orch./ Ivan Fischer – Channel Classics
A solid Fourth Symphony with audio quality to match.
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian” (first version, 1834); SCHUMANN: Symphony in g minor “Zwickau”; Symphony No. 4 in d minor – Bamberg Sym. Orch./ Marc Andreae – Guild
Conductor Marc Andeae presents us a triptych of Romantic “originals,” – musically and historically beguiling.
PROKOFIEV: Sym. No. 4 in C Major; Sym. No. 5 in B-flat Major; Dreams – Bournemouth Sym. Orch./ Kirill Karabits (Vol. 3) – Onyx
Karabits survey presents lyrically wistful renditions of the original C Major Fourth Symphony and the ever-potent Fifth Symphony.
* BRUCKNER: Sym. No. 4 in E-flat, “Romantic” – Pittsburgh Sym. Orch./ Manfred Honeck – Reference Recordings
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The best Bruckner Fourth ever recorded? It’s tough to think of a better one.
NIELSEN: Sym. No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”; Sym. No. 1 – New York Philharmonic/ Alan Gilbert – DaCapo
Fine reading of these important, somewhat rare masterpieces.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending – Soloists/ Atlanta Sym. Orch. & Chorus/ Robert Spano – ASO Media (2 CDs)
Vibrant, vivid, and soaring accounts of three indispensable works.
A high resolution rendering of this classic recording and performance.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4; WAGNER: Parsifal: Prelude, Act I; MENDELSSOHN: Ruy Blas Ov. – Joan Alexander, sop./ BBC Sym. Orch./ London Sym. Orch. (Ruy Blas)/ Rudolf Kempe – ICA Classics
Devotees of conductor Rudolf Kempe will delight in two major additions to his discography, particularly in the Mahler interpretation.
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 4; The Prodigal Son – Sao Paulo Sym. Orch./ Marin Alsop – Naxos Pure Audio Blu-ray
A fine performance in hi-res surround of two Prokofiev’s allied scores.
An excellent performance with great surround and interesting extras, including the playing of Mahler’s own Welte roll of a movement from the Fourth.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G Major; DUKAS: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Sena Jurinac, sop./ Vienna Sym. Orch./ Karl Rankl – Guild
A reissue of special merit, this document from Vienna 1954 offers a truly inspired reading of the Mahler Fourth by a conductor too often overlooked in the annals of fine interpreters.
HOWARD HANSON: Symphony No. 4, “Requiem”; Symphony No. 5, “Sinfonia sacra”; Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitzky; Dies Natalis – Seattle Sym./ Gerard Schwarz – Naxos
Fine recordings from the 1990s available at a lower price.
ANTON RUBINSTEIN: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, “Dramatic” – State Sym. Orch. of Russia/ Igor Golovchin – Delos
Dramatic, yes, but also long-winded. Rubinstein’s Fourth is nonetheless worth hearing.
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Orango – Prologue; Sym. No. 4 in C minor – LA Philharmonic/LA Master Chorale/soloists/Esa-Pekka Salonen – DGG
Stunning performances offer a glimpse into life under Stalin.
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major “Romantic” – Orch. Sinfonica di Milano della RAI/ Lovro von Matacic – Archipel
Croatian Bruckner specialist Matacic whips up his RAI forces into one resplendent, “impolite” vision of this, the most accessible of the Austrian composer’s often knotty scores.
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat (1978/80, Novak) – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch./ Herbert Blomstedt – Querstand
Blomstedt’s latest third maintains the high quality of the previous issues, but doesn’t necessarily surpass them.
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”; Symphony No. 5, “Reformation” – Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen / Ola Rudner – Ars Produktion
Good, spirited performances, and it’s interesting to hear Mendelssohn’s first thoughts on what would be his Fourth Symphony.
Haven’t heard all the huge selection of Bruckner Fourth SACDs, but prefer this one of those I have.
The powerhouse reading of the Fourth Symphony is what sells this disc from TSO Live.
Schmidt avoided the serialists and composed in a Brahmsian style.