On April 4, 2014, the 1888 version of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, edited by professor of music Benjamin Korstvedt ’87, will be broadcast in a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).
Korstvedt, a leading scholar of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-96), has explored the complex text-critical issues surrounding Bruckner’s works, the reception of his music by critics and scholars in the Third Reich, the place of Bruckner’s music in the culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna, and the form and meaning of Bruckner’s symphonies. Korstvedt published the first modern edition of the 1888 version of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony for the Bruckner Collected Works edition in 2004. This version of the symphony has been performed internationally in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Austria, as well as in the U.S. A video production of the Cleveland Orchestra performance, conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst in the St. Florian Abbey, Austria, is available on DVD (Euroarts).