From the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 2008: As part of the Whitsun Festival, Christian Thielemann and the Münchner Philharmoniker perform Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony, No. 4. One of the most saught-after Wagner-conductors shows once again his first-rate talent in giving life to the huge structures of Bruckner's symphonic work.
He naturally manages the constantly changing crescendi and decrescendi, as well as he succeeds in turning the tiniest sound themes audible. The melodious balancing of the strings and the horns, and the dynamic winding up of the orchestra sound from a chased pianissimo to a full fortissimo are very convincing.
"To comprehend Bruckner well and truly", says Thielemann, "one has to get into the slowness at first - his music is not really fiery. This means for the listener of today the rediscovery of slowness. Inevitably he will then find out, that the slowness actually feeds an incredble fire. However, it blazes under the surface."