"..Not knowing immediately opens into endless possibilities. When you know, you’re very limited. As Suzuki Roshi says, the beginner’s mind has countless possibilities. The mind of the expert is very small. It shows an unwillingness to really hear anything..."
Saturday, October 24, 2009
If you've already heard some performances of Bruckner 4th symphonies,
please consider pretending you never did. Then press play.
Symphony No. 4 in E-flat "Romantic"
Sergiu Celibidache, conductor
Live in-house recording from Symphony Hall, Osaka, Japan 20 April 1993, shared by Ray (who also made up the art!)
I Allegro molto moderato (Bewegt, nicht zu schnell)
II Andante, quasi allegretto
III Scherzo: Bewegt
IV Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
Ever since I came across this recording, I've been haunted by it. Maybe it's an early Halloween celebration as such. What I mean is it keeps reminding me of some detail or weighting of textures that I want to hear again, then again a week later. It helped to rediscover an already favorite symphony.What I mean in the comment about pretending not have ever known a Bruckner 4th before listening to this one, is to incorporate a bit of Zen philosophy, known to be dear to Maestro Celibidache:
Ray boils it down:
"...Even for Celibidache, the tempo for the coda of the Finale is glacial but somehow it becomes almost hypnotic. To my ears it works but you really must clear your mind of every other performance of the Bruckner Four you have ever heard and take this one on its own terms.
But shouldn't you really do that with any performance? "