Bruckner Symphony no. 4 in E-flat major 'Romantic' (WAB 104)

Bruckner's Symphony no. 4 in Eb (WAB 104) is one of the composer's most popular works. Written in 1874 and revised several times, it was dedicated to Prince Konstantin of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst. It was premiered in 1881 by Hans Richter in Vienna with great success.The symphony's nickname of Romantic was used by the composer himself. It does not refer to the modern conception of romantic love but rather the medieval romance. Any critical appraisal of this work must take into account the Bruckner Problem – i.e. the controversy surrounding the degrees of authenticity and authorial status of the different versions of his symphonies, this one being one of the most complex in that aspect. The symphony requires an instrumentation of one pair each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, with four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, timpani and strings. From the 1878 revision onwards, a single bass tuba is also incorporated into the instrumentation. The published score of 1889 introduces a part for third flute (doubling on the piccolo) and a pair of cymbals.
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Recordings

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.4 E flat Major - I. Allegro molto moderato
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.4 E flat Major - II. Movement Andante
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.4 E flat Major - III. Scherzo Bewegt
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.4 E flat Major - IV. Finale Maessig bewegt
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