CD - Symphony No. 5 - Transcription for Piano Four-Hands!
It is important to remember that during Bruckner's time, these piano transcriptions were usually the only way that people could listen to and study Bruckner's music. Orchestral performances were extremely rare and after his death, orchestral scores became increasingly scarce. Most of Bruckner's scores were published by small Viennese music publishers. By the early twentieth century, these publishers were no longer in operation and the rights to their publications were in legal limbo. Finally, Gustav Mahler convinced the owner of Universal Music to acquire the rights, but not before Mahler had to hand over the future royalties for his first four symphonies to the publisher. So these piano transcriptions were critically important in the gradual reception of Bruckner's music to music lovers worldwide.
BRUCKNER: Symphony # 5
(Transcription for Piano 4-Hands by Otto Singer
September 4, 2013 - Alter Dom, Linz