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Anton Bruckner

Symphony #4 "Romantic" in E Flat Major

London Symphony Orchestra/István Kertész
(Originally issued on Decca SXL6227 - 1965)
Testament SBT1298 61m ADD
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I have always had a particular soft spot for István Kertész ever since I discovered his unforgettable series of the Dvořák symphonies on Decca almost a decade ago.

The same freshness and recorded beauty is present in this equally magisterial recording of the Bruckner 4th that is a positively glowing version that reveals Kertész's lamented qualities as a great orchestral conductor.

I have a myriad amount of versions of this particular work but none has brought me so much joy as this 1965 recording. Each movement has that positive glow about it and the London Symphony strings and brass are simply beyond reproach.

But trumps and plaudits should most definitely go to that legendary 1960's Decca recording team of Ray Minshull and Kenneth Wilkinson who are my 'hors conceurs' in the history of classical music recording.

My only hope is that readers of this review will snap up this magnificent version and enjoy it for a lifetime of greatness, the combination of Bruckner and Kertész, champagne of the noblest vintage!

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech