Conductor Christian Thielemann lives up to his name yet again as a “Bruckner specialist” (Klassik Akzente). Together with the Sächsische Staatskapelle of Dresden, of which he is GMD, he conducts Bruckner’s 4th symphony at the Whitsun Music Festival at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden.
The Fourth Symphony is given in the presumed original version recovered by Robert Haas. This version differs considerably from the first, effectively published score, which Bruckner had only accepted as a stopgap so that the work could easily be performed. Thielemann brings out the tone painting very vividly in Baden-Baden: “These are tone paintings of the finest quality”, wrote one reviewer enthusiastically.