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Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB.104, 'Romantic', A. Bruckner

1.10 h (w/out intermission)

Program notes Jose Antonio Canton
photo ©Marco Kany

To a certain extent, Anton Bruckner’s symphonies constitute an orchestral response to Wagner’s dramatic lyricism, without seeking the impastos and timbral amalgams achieved by the genial opera composer. In turn, it should be noted that in his compositions Bruckner tends to create powerful thematic blocks that are more connected by rhythm than by melody and harmony, as Franz Schubert had already highlighted in his Ninth Symphony 'The Great', a worthy predecessor of the 'Brucknerian' symphonic thought.  
The long period of time it took Bruckner to finish his Fourth Symphony, 'Romantic', and the great effort of revision (there were four before the final version) was certainly worth it. Bruckner not only added the byname of “Romantic”, but also included a programme to help follow the symphony. The setting is an ideal romantic medieval landscape, in which the knights wake up to the sounds of the horns, rejoice and kneel in prayer before the inevitable hunt and subsequent festivities.  

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