Today, Anton Bruckner, the son of a village schoolmaster, is recognised as one of the most important (albeit late-blooming) symphonists of the nineteenth century. During his lifetime, however, he was the subject of incomprehension and ridicule - that is, when critics and musicians paid him and his music any attention at all. Even in modern times, his music sometimes has been dismissed as too long-winded or uninteresting. Possibly his most popular symphony today, the Fourth, is entitled the '˜Romantic'; the composer had in mind 'chivalric romance'. This is Kertesz's only recording of a Bruckner symphony and makes its first international appearance on Decca CD. It forms part of a survey, on Eloquence, of Kertesz's treasured Decca discography.